The Roaring Twenties.
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"The uncertainties of 1919 were over--there seemed little doubt about what was going to happen--America was going on the greatest, gaudiest spree in history. . . . The whole golden boom was in the air--its splendid generosities, its outrageous corruptions. . . ." (from F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up)
was a civic philosophy that aimed to advertise towns and cities, promote economic development, foster tourism, and increase civic pride.
The prospect of economic opportunity drew millions of immigrants from abroad into its factories and cities.
The town, the cultural center of preindustrial America, rapidly gave way to the city.
Those in favor of Prohibition believed that alcohol consumption limited one's ability to participate productively in the new industrial society
Many, however, considered the new woman to be a threat to social morality
2. The trial took on a life of its own and, to many, brought into sharp focus some of the issues at stake in the great cultural debates of the decade