What Are The Effects Of The Mechanization And Consumerism In The 1920s

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The 1920s in the USA, also known as the ‘Roaring 20s’, was a decade of freedom, wealth and change for many groups of people, however many others have greatly lost out. The people who benefitted, such as the industrial owners, women and the young people, have made use of the mechanisation and consumerism, adapting to the change; whereas the others have lost out due to the virtue of their skin colour, nationality or politics, for example new immigrants, Black Americans and the Native American Indians. In the 1920s speaking simply, the rich got richer and the poor got poor.
The 1920s were the age of mechanisation, when most of the industries grew and expanded. For the big industrial owners the new technology meant that their products could be
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Everyone was affected by and many people have lost out because the prohibition didn’t stop people drinking, as shown in source 27, however it became dangerous: not only could the police imprison a person seen with alcohol, but also the alcohol itself became more expensive and dangerous. The alcohol produced was often toxic, as either the government added poison to industrial alcohol to prevent stealing yet ironically it was still robbed for production of alcoholic drinks or the homemade alcohol which produced by unprofessional brewers wasn’t safe to drink. Source 25 shows that the prohibition neither reduced alcohol consumption nor solved the problem with crime, for the number of criminals and gangsters increased as they became very rich and powerful during the prohibition by selling and supplying alcohol to the USA from neighbouring countries. The government tried to stop them by placing border control, yet they were often bribed or simply killed. This bribery forced the police, the judges and even the politicians to turn a blind eye on the …show more content…
After the1920, when with the vote women have gained political power, the way they were treated by the society changed. As source 23 shows, women’s clothing changed, becoming more daring and free to move in, short hair and make-up gained popularity, employers were more willing to accept women to jobs and female employment grew by 25% in the 1920s. As source 23 shows, the kind of women who liked and made use of the new reforms were nicknamed the flappers, and there weren’t many of them as source 24 shows. Source 23 is valuable, as the photo was taken in 1926, showing that women were changing and the “movement” was happening. The women are wearing light knee-length dresses, high heels and make-up; this shows the changes in attitude as before the 1920s people would be shocked and outraged by such appearance. Also these women are dancers, emphasising that the public were willing to watch women dressed in such a way to entertain them. Source 24, on the other hand states that there were few flappers and most of the women stuck to the traditional image of a woman and continued to be housewives and mothers. The existence of flappers however shows that women were beginning to make use of the new opportunities created by the vote and change in attitudes towards women in the

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