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In spite of social and economic upheaval the 1900s prospered as a whole The 1920s were marked by technological historical literary and political phenomena Society was experiencing a new way of life characterized by new technology that enabled Americans to kick back and enjoy all life had to offer During the 1920s the United States started off on a joyride in an era of wonderful nonsense World Book Encyclopedia p114 Americans felt lighthearted and optimistic after WWI New advances in technology were invented like the Model T and canned foods People spent more money on travel and vacation resorts They announced a new generation with jazz bands and a craze for sports and dances Life in the home was also affected Ready-made clothing and household appliances gave women the opportunity to release themselves from everyday drudgery More women began to seek work outside of home Daring girls nicknamed flappers shocked the older and more traditional members of society Their short skirts bobbed hair and public use of cigarettes were frenetic compared to the previous style of that time In 1919 Amendment 18 to the Constitution prohibited the manufacture and sale of liquor This marked a turning point in Americas history Many people resented this new law and drank in illegal clubs called speak-easies Gangsters took over bootlegging and crime increased The federal government found it almost impossible to enforce prohibition mainly because society had such a strong opposition towards it The Jazz Age was a golden period in American literature distinguished by the works of such writers as Willa Cather William Faulkner F Scott Fitzgerald Ernest Hemingway Sinclair Lewis and Carl Sandburg At the same time American writers began to influence world literature A period of disillusion and cynicism that followed WWI found expression in the writings of a group of Americans living in Paris who became known as the Lost Generation These famous writers shared bitterness about the war and dissatisfaction with American
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