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The Roaring Twenties represent a positive era in American history sandwiched between two difficult times World War I and the Great Depression The Roaring Twenties was a period classified by innovation prosperity reform and a thriving economy in America An explosion of new inventions and technological breakthroughs transformed popular lifestyles Shorter workweeks and increased wages led to a revolution in communications transportation and recreation For the first time in United States history free time and leisure activities were becoming part of everyday lives After the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which officially ended the Great War the attitude of the American people toward the rest of the world became one of indifference The American people wanted to distance themselves from Europe and its problems There was also an atmosphere of reform that was beginning to surround the country Sullivan 301 One such reform that had dramatic affects on the western world was the addition of the 18th amendment to the Constitution Also know as the Prohibition Act the 18th amendment took effect on January 16 1920 and outlawed the sale or consumption of liquor in the United States Another reform was the 19th amendment This gave all women the right to vote and thus made women equal to men Garraty 98 The unemployment rate was down the economy was booming and everyone was cashing in on his or her newly found wealth The nations total income rose from 743 billion in 1923 to 89 billion in 1929 Magill 98 The twenties were a glorious time in which everyone was out to have fun and get rich quick The public was caught up in the stock market speculation and was risking their life savings to earn a living The free spirited age of the Roaring Twenties was in full swing in America and people were enjoying it Sullivan 290 The Roaring Twenties ushered in an age of technological advancement They were a turning point
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