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The Roaring Twenties Americans in the years following the end of World War I found themselves in an era where the people simply wished to detach themselves from the troubles of Europeans and the rest of the world During the twenties the economy was prosperous and most people found better ways to improve their lifestyle and enjoy life yet not everyone reaped the benefits of this era The Eighteenth Amendment 1919 which banned the manufacturing sale of or transportation of liquor caused breweries and saloons a great demise however it reaped profit for bootleggers This also meant a rise in organized crime Events such as the Saint Valentines Massacre took place Callous criminals such as Capone was worth an estimated 60 million dollars Although Capone was indeed a criminal he shared his wealth with charities and provided the public with goods and services that they wanted In the 1920s business was an obsession Economic expansion created booming business profits which in turn raised the standard of living for most Americans Large businesses were expanding Americans were moving into a period of economic prosperity Even industrial workers whose strikes for higher pay had availed them little in the previous decades benefited When the American people saw that the economy was flourishing they felt that they were on a pedestal protected from the river of uncertainty economic depression and the failure of the American Dream Many Americans found a way to improve their lifestyle Whether it had been through hard work or luck in the stock market Since the economy was in such good shape many Americans could afford to purchase items they could not have purchased in the past Items such as cameras appliances and radios were now affordable not only to the rich but to the public as well Tindall et al 446 Low-income families could afford to buy an inexpensive Model T which Henry Ford developed in 1908 The
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