THE ROARING TWENTIES. LIFE & CULTURE IN AMERICA IN THE 1920S. Americans on the Move. Urbanization still accelerating. More Americans lived in cities than in rural areas 1920: New York 5 million Chicago 3 million. URBAN VS. RURAL. Farms started to struggle post-WWI.
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LIFE & CULTURE IN AMERICA IN THE 1920S
Cities were impersonal
Farms were innocent
Real Time Demographics
Early 20th Century teachers
Margaret Sanger and other founders of the American Birth Control League - 1921
Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933 when it was repealed by the 21st Amendment
Al Capone was finally convicted on tax evasion charges in 1931
Federal agents pour wine down a sewer
Scopes was a biology teacher who dared to teach his students that man derived from lower species
27 million to 39 million
Increase of 42%
40 million to 80 million
Increase of 100%
60,000 to 10.2 million
Increase of 16,983%
as a result
Walt Disney's animated Steamboat Willie marked the debut of Mickey Mouse. It was a seven minute long black and white cartoon.
Radiator Building, Night, New York , 1927Georgia O'Keeffe
Hemingway - 1929
Migration of the Negro by Jacob Lawrence
Garvey represented a more radical approach
America changed its formally permissive immigration policy
hailed a hero
Ford Foundry workers in 1926; only 1% of black workers were in Unions at the time
President Calvin Coolidge 1924-1928
The Ford Model T was the first car in America. It came only in black and sold for $290. Over 15 million were sold by 1927.
Among the many changes were:
When commercial flights began, all flight attendants were female and white
Electric refrigerators, stoves, irons, toasters, vacuums, washing machines and sewing machines were all new