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The Impact of Technology on 1920s Life World War I The war that would end all wars had ended by 1918 Europe was left in ruins physically politically and economically The years following the most devastating war to take place prior to the 1920s Europe would struggle with economic and political recovery but not the United States Left virtually unharmed by World War I the United States was even able to experience a decade of peace and prosperity following such a disastrous war Of the many reasons for Americas prosperity technology played one of the most vital parts in bringing the great economic and cultural prosperity that America experienced during the 1920s New advancements new discoveries and new inventions improved American lives in many if not every conceivable way but not without a few negative side-effects One of the first major inventions to become a national craze was the automobile First developed with a combustion engine in 1896 by inventor Henry Ford he later started the Ford Motor Company which mass produced affordable automobiles known as the Model-T Fords Model-Ts became such an overwhelming success that he sold over 15 million Model-Ts by 1927 Gordon and Gordon 77 By the end of the decade there was almost one car per family in the United States Bruce 80 As a result the automobile became an increasingly important part of American lives Workers no longer needed to live close to their workplace instead they could live farther away and still arrive at their jobs with ease Homemakers could run errands with greater convenience The overall increase in productivity and efficiency left the American people with more time for entertainment and recreation Families could visit relatives on a constant basis even distant relatives The automobile provided a perfect way for people especially for adolescents to socialize and make merry The automobile craze even came to a point where the back seat of a car replaced the parlor as
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