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The decade of the 1920s has been given a lot of nicknames Some of these names have been the Jazz Age and the Era of Isolationism Perhaps the most accurate name for this decade was the Roaring Twenties And that is exactly what the decade of the 1920s was all about It was a time characterized on one side by a search for safety religious certainty business capitalism and patriotic commitment On the other side was the increasing appeal of the modern new technology consumer goods and new types of entertainment The clash of these ideals led to a complexity of creativity and advances in science and technology along with changes in work habits family responsibilities and new attitudes about capitalism After the Great War ended in 1918 with the Versailles Treaty the United States entered a jolting economic decline Industrial output was cut and consumer spending dropped Unemployment rose and farm incomes plunged The Roaring Twenties began with a lot of roaring the roaring cries heard from the lower classes Aided by the increase in electrical energy a recover soon began and the economy was about to go into uncharted waters Big businesss would benefit with all the new forms of electrical productivity Consumers with increased incomes would buy more and save more than in any period in American history The American way of making a living was changing with every new idea and invention the 1920s produced Laws that limited the workday along with increased pay led to more leisure time The entertainment industry was born as a result of this Millions of Americans took to movie theaters and dance halls to enjoy the new styles of entertainment Changing social values allowed women to dress more comfortably thus boosting the textile industry to adjust to the changing times It was almost like America had a fresh breath of air A chance to change anything that was viewed as old and out of style
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