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Postwar Social Change. Section 1 Society in the 1920’s. We’re Starting to Roar!. Life expectancy up Medical advances Stock market “get rich quick” Unemployment < 4% Real wages up 40% since 1914. ....or are we. Women’s Changing Role:. Joined the workforce

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postwar social change

Postwar Social Change

Section 1

Society in the 1920’s


We’re Starting to Roar!

  • Life expectancy up
  • Medical advances
  • Stock market “get rich quick”
  • Unemployment < 4%
  • Real wages up 40% since 1914

....or are we.

women s changing role
Women’s Changing Role:
  • Joined the workforce
    • Employers still weary about hiring a woman for a professional position. If they married or got pregnant they were expected to leave their job.
  • Able to vote
    • 19th Amendment
    • Not exercised by all women
Women in Politics
    • Lobbied successfully for Sheppard-Towner Act, welfare concerned with women and children’s health issues
    • ERA failed first time through (1923)
    • Women won seats in the House and also became Governors.
the flapper
The Flapper!!!
  • In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up.
demographic changes
Demographic changes
  • Rural -Urban Split
    • Farmers became economically stressed
    • Industry & commercial groups on the rise
    • People left the countryside for the city.
    • City values differed from rural values
* Growth of suburbs:

-cities expanded to meet the need of their growing population:

“el trains” buses

*African American’s on the move:

- passed Jim Crow Laws

- migrated to the North for better job opportunities

- faced white hatred

Other Migration
    • Congress placed limits on migration from: Southern and Eastern Europe, China, and Japan.
    • Mexican’s and Canadians filled the labor shortages
    • barrio’s developed
american heroes in the 1920 s
American Heroes in the 1920’s

American’s became fascinated with icons from every aspect of American life. The became the role models of the time

lucky lindy
Lucky Lindy
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • 1st transatlantic flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
amelia earhart
Amelia Earhart
  • First solo flight across Atlantic
  • 1937 Disappeared trying to fly around the world
Jack Dempsey
  • Heavyweight champion
Jim Thorpe
  • Olympian
Hazel Wightman
  • Olympic Tennis.