What were the "Roaring Twenties?"

Essay by Dust July 2005

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The Roaring Twenties were a time of wild enjoyment, loud music and booming economy. In 1920, for the first time in American history, more Americans lived in cities than in the country, furthermore, average American working hours dropped, while their salary increased by 11 per cent, which meant that there would be more spare time to spend on entertainment. New industries -car industry - improved the quality of life in America and contributed greatly towards the booming economy.

The Roaring Twenties were an exciting time for young people. Young people began to rebel against the traditional idea (male - gallantry and gentleman-like, female - modest and maidenly), they began to drink and smoking cigarettes (the sale of cigarettes doubled during that decade). More daring clothes were worn by both male and female, sex was no longer a taboo subject, dances were more daring. The First World War, to a certain extent, was on of the causes of this new rebellious attitude, because many of the young people had suffered greatly during the World War, therefore during the early 1920s, they wanted to relax and indulge themselves.

The Roaring Twenties were also a heroic time for American sports. Golf, athletics, boxing, baseball and tennis were some of the popular sports during that era. Tennis players such as Bill Tilden and Helen Wills earned great reputations (and money) from their sport, baseball teams such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Jack Dampsey became very famous, Jack Demsey earned a great deal of money from begin a heavyweight boxing champion.

Many new products were put on the market during that decade, radio was one of the most successful products during the early 1920s. Radios became the main home entertainment and more importantly a medium for advertising. There were more...