THE ROARING TWENTIES

Economy from 1924 to 1929 experiencd a period of prosperity called the Roaring Twenties. European economy progressesd although USA benefited from the recovery after the war and became the top economic power. American economy was based on:

  • Industrial development focussed on asembly lines and mass production which made products more competitive.

  • Increased of consumption  based on advestising and implementatio of new paying methods as  instalment payement and bank loans.
  • Stockmarket investments. Investing in shares became a quick way to make money so Banks and individuals purchased shares and prices rise continuously.

This period of prosperity  allowed people to have a high standard of living with more godos and services. People had extravagant tastes and enjoyed life more than decades before.

People had more money to spend on entertainment and leisure:

  • Radios and gramophones meant that young people had new styles such as jazz, charleston.
  • Silent films were really popular and actors like Charles Chaplin  and Buster Keaton became huge film stars and in the late 1920s the first talkies were shooted.

Life changed radically for women. In many countries women had just won the right to vote and many women had a job so new appliances were needed as women could spend less time on housework. Women in cities smoked and drank and in public and they were called flappers. Besides, fashion changed  and women began to short their hair and to wear make – up as well as shorter skirts and high heels.  Going out and dancing Charleston was considered immoral by older people.

However these changes were only in cities as in rural areas women remained at home and they only had low skilled and low paid jobs.

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