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The 1920s were a decade of prosperity After the end of World War I most Americans had money to spend America had learned to save much of what they earned due to wartime shortages During the war the national debt leaped by nearly 25 times and after there was a brief postwar depression but this soon gave through to a solid economy which soon began to rise steadily Government during the 1920s was limited Americans were ready for peace and prosperity Harding was the president for the first part of the 1920s He aimed to be one of the most-loved presidents that America had ever had but soon his administration gave way to scandals and in 1923 he died of a heart attack When Harding died his vice-president Calvin Coolidge took over He was a quiet man who clung to the values of his boyhood His morals won him many followers In a decade remembered for the giddy enjoyment of wealth and the abandonment of the moral values of the past Coolidge was a reassuring reminder of old ways Coolidge remained president for the remainder of the decade Throughout his stint as president he became known as a hands-off president in that he had little contact with Congress and liked to sit back and let the government take a secondary role Now that people in the 1920s were had more money they were able to afford more luxuries Radios washing machines vacuum cleaners telephones and cars were all of the new toys that people of the twenties were able to acquire The automobile industry had a key part in Americas prosperity Its success also had a ripple effect on other industries of America such as the steel rubber and glass industries which made parts for the new cars This new economic growth caused a need for more white-collar workers More and more people were needed for management which caused education to take a more important
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