Chapter 10: The Jazz Age (1921 - 1929)
Following victory in World War I the United States saw an unprecedented era of technological, economic, and cultural growth. During the decade that became known as "The Roaring Twenties" American life moved forward, and in many ways, never looked back. Assembly lines and "Tin Lizzies" put Americans on the move. Disposable income in many homes allowed for advertised products, such as the vacuum, refrigerator, and washing machine to save time and labor. Women began to gain independence, access to higher education, and workplace opportunities as the flapper style emerged. Even African Americans began to find a place in American society during the Harlem Renaissance. The decade of the 1920s in America is one that fascinates due to the endless opportunities that it began with, and the vast despair that brought it to a close.
Throughout this chapter the following topics will be addressed: The Politics of the 1920s, A Growing Economy, A Clash of Values, Cultural Innovations, and African American Culture.