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The 20s was a decade of prosperity and entertainment as well as conflicts Historians emphasize how Americans were living a life of wealth but forget to mention the problems of society Cultural economic racial social religious and political conflicts that plagued America remain unnoticeable and silent in its history Amongst the life of prosperity and entertainment of the 1920s the Americans suffered a life of unending conflicts Prosperity of the 1920s affected many Americans improve their lives Many middle-class citizens improved their standard of living by purchasing new products such as electric irons vacuum cleaners washing machines toasters fans and refrigerators They were now able to purchase these consumer goods because companies began to reward and pay their workers more money These companies such as Ford cars doubled the wages of the workers at the plant in Highland Park Michigan Since wages increased purchasing goods and cars became affordable The increase in Americas wealth shifted the economy because businesses flourished to serve the needs of the consumers Not only were the consumers prosperous but so were the business owners Since Henry Ford offered a 5 dollar wage a day to workers of thrifty habits his company earned an estimated 264000 per day because of the sales so many different companies started to follow Fords reasoning of increasing wages Not only did prosperity of Americans bring new consumer goods affordable it also brought education to children and credit to shoppers Most people could afford to keep their children in school longer because they were finally prosperous enough to survive without the childrens wages By the end of the decade 51 percent of all high school age youth were in school Credit was brought to shoppers because they were starting put money down and paying the balance in installments Americans bought with credit because they regarded it as an easy way to raise their standard of living The increase of wealth in the American
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