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The Roaring Twenties Comparative Studies

  • The Roaring Twenties

    Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age when speaking about the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, in Europe the decade was referred to as the “Golden Twenties” because of the economic boom following World War I. However this was short-lived and gave way to the Stock Market crash of 1929 and the following Great Depression. of The Roaring Twenties.

    Prohibition of alcohol occurred in the United States in 1919, and was finally repealed in 1933. Organised crime turns to smuggling and bootlegging of liquor, led by figures such as Al Capone, mafia boss of the Chicago. 

  • Lost Generation

    The Lost Generation was the name Gertrude Stein gave to American writers, poets, and artists living in Europe during the 1920s. Famous members of the Lost Generation include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and John Steinbeck. It was a group who works characterised the disillusionment of the age of The Roaring Twenties.

  • The Women′s suffrage movement

    The Women’s suffrage movement continued to make gains as women obtained full voting rights in Finland, New Zealand, Denmark and in the United States in 1920, and women begin to enter the workplace in larger numbers. The term ‘flapper’ referred to a “new breed” of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior for the Roaring Twenties

    Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers had their origins in the period of liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of the First World War.

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