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Dec. 15 Notes (The Roaring '20s) Dec. 15 Notes (The Roaring '20s) Presentation Transcript

  • The Roaring '20s
    • U.S. was a major industrial power
    A Booming Economy
    • Automobile industry was the #1 business
  • A Booming Economy
    • Consumerism ~ Buy Stuff!!!
    • People had money & wanted to spend it
    • Owning things showed your status
    • Women began to demand independence & freedom
    The “New Woman”
    • Flapper ~ young, urban, independent woman
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  • Prohibition
    • 1920 ~ 18 th Amendment banned manufacture, sale, & transportation of alcohol
    • Did NOT prohibit possession!
  • Prohibition
    • Successes
    • Saloons closed
    • Arrests for drunkenness & amount of drinking decreased
  • Prohibition
    • Many people didn’t want the govt. involved
    • Many immigrants saw drinking as a part of socializing
  • Prohibition
    • Govt. did not provide enough men or money to enforce prohibition
    • Led to speakeasies ~ hidden saloons
    • Led to bootlegging ~ smuggling of alcohol
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  • “ It is impossible to tell whether Prohibition is a good thing or a bad thing. It has never been enforced in this country… I will concede that the saloon was odious, but we now have delicatessen stores, pool rooms, drug stores, millinery shops, private parlors, and 57 other varieties of speakeasies selling liquor and flourishing.” --Representative Fiorello La Guardia (NY) (1926)
  • Prohibition
    • Govt. did not provide enough men or money to enforce prohibition
    • Bootlegging
    • Highly-organized ~ controlled by gangs
    • Gangster Al Capone
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  • Prohibition
    • Mid-1920s ~ most people wanted prohibition to end
    • 1929 ~ economy went into depression and govt. wanted taxes from liquor
    • 1933 ~ 21 st Amendment repealed Prohibition
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  • The End