Attire[ edit ] Paris set the fashion trends for Europe and North America. Women wore dresses all day, everyday. Day dresses had a drop waist, which was a sash or belt around the low waist or hip and a skirt that hung anywhere from the ankle on up to the knee, never above. Daywear had sleeves long to mid-bicep and a skirt that was straight, pleaded, hank hem, or tired.
Under any moniker, the era embodied the beginning of modern America. Numerous Americans felt buoyed up following World War I America had survived a deadly worldwide influenza epidemic Early in the s the U.
Elected president inWarren G. His administration was blighted by scandals, but most of them did not surface until following his death of a stroke in office in August Coolidge was elected handily over Democrat John W. Davis and Progressive Robert M.
He declined to run for reelection in and left politics for good. Such Coolidge administration policies as high tariffs and federal tax cuts were generally approved of during his four years, but they would become unpopular during the next decade.
His early relief efforts were generally viewed to be inadequate. A banking crisis had seized the nation and inhe lost the presidential election to Franklin D.
Social ferment The so-called Red Scares during the roaring twenties refer to the fear of Communism in the U. It is estimated that there wereanarchists or Communists in the U. The highly publicized Sacco and Vanzetti Case exemplified what could happen to people who held radical views.
Historians often point out that Americans had withdrawn into a provincialism as evidenced by the reappearance of the Ku Klux Klanrestrictive immigration laws, and Prohibition.
Amendment 18 to the Constitution had prohibited the manufacture, transport and sale of intoxicating liquor. Prohibitionists anticipated that Prohibition would alleviate social problems and bolster the economy. However, many people disliked the law and imbibed in unlawful nightclubs called speakeasies.
Gangsters took control of bootlegging illegal distribution of liquor and violent lawlessness erupted. Lacking public support, the federal government was virtually unable to enforce Prohibition. Youthful "Flapper" women provoked older people with brief skirts, bobbed hair, and cavalier use of makeup and cigarettes.
Crazes included such dances as the Charleston, dance marathons, flagpole sitting and flying stunts. The arts and ideas The roaring twenties ushered in a rich period of American writing, distinguished by the works of such authors as Sinclair LewisWilla CatherWilliam FaulknerF.
A uniquely American music form, whose roots lay in African expression, came to be known as jazz.Smoking wasn't the most outrageous of the flapper's rebellious actions. Flappers drank alcohol.
At a time when the United States had outlawed alcohol (Prohibition), young women were starting the habit early. Some even carried hip-flasks full so as to have it on hand.
The year was a historic watershed. For the first time in the United States, more people were living in cities than on farms.
Science and the public health. Science, medicine and health advanced remarkably during the roaring twenties. Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in The suits men wear today are still based, for the most part, on those worn in the late s.
The s are characterized by two distinct periods of fashion. In the early part of the decade, change was slow, as many were reluctant to adopt new styles. From , the public passionately embraced the styles associated with the Roaring Twenties.
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The s was a time of profound change. So significant was this change that the decade is commonly called the 'Roaring Twenties.' World War I ended in , and Americans were eager for a return to normalcy. Following the Great War (another name for World War I), the United States emerged as the new world .
In the United States, there was the enactment of the 18 th Amendment, or as many know it Prohibition in Prohibition stated that it would be illegal to sell and consume alcohol.
Prohibition stated that it would be illegal to sell and consume alcohol. The history of the United States is what happened in the past in the United States, a country in North America. Between the wars, there was an economic boom called the Roaring Twenties when people became richer and a bust called the Great Depression when most were poorer.
The Great Depression ended with World War II.