This essay, "1920s vs 1960s", writen in AABB format, deals with the comparison of; general statistics, fashion styles of both men & women, music, & controversial issues.

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1920's vs. 1960's

Over the past century, people living in the United States have experienced many changes. As the times change, so do the people. In the 1920's, people acted differently then compared to the people in the 1960's. Yet, they both have one thing in common; they shaped our history.

In the 1920's, about 106,521,537 people inhabited the United States. It was a rough period in our history, with about 2,132,000 people unemployed and murder, swindles, and racketeering as the most popular crimes. The life expectancy of men and women during the 1920's was 53.6 years and 54.6 years respectively. Amazingly, the illiteracy rate was at a new low of only 6% of the population during this time period. Yet, despite all the aspects, which today we might see as unfavorable, this decade was full of many new and exciting things. From the way they dressed, to the music styles, and finally to the controversial issues, the 1920's were a nonstop era of change.

Yet, as we move ahead to the 1960's, life was very different. There were around 177,830,000 people living in the United States. Unfortunately, as the population increased, so did the number of people who were unemployed, which was close to 3,852,000 people. The life expectancy for men and women also increased to 66.6 years and 73.1 years respectively. Yet, unlike the 1920's, a teacher's salary at $5,174 became more then the average salary at $4,743. This era was greatly influenced by television and like the 1920's, people moved away from conservative thinking and onto new revolutionary ways of thinking.

Fashion in the 1920's for men was much like it was in the early teens. The sacque suite was appropriate day dress and only natural colored shirts were worn with these suits. Shaped silks...