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The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. Women got the right to vote, cut their hair and their skirts; alcohol was outlawed; Babe Ruth was king of the ballpark while Charles Lindbergh ruled the air. The nation's wealth doubled and many American's bought into a new "mass culture." The Roaring Twenties was a decade of startling contrasts in America.

Chapter Detail

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Chapter 1—Road to Recovery (07:26)
Following World War I, the decade of the 1920s is remembered as a decade of relative prosperity in America. It was a time of intolerance and cultural awakening as well.
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Chapter 2—Boom Times (05:45)
Pro-business policies led to economic growth and many Americans experienced a higher standard of living and sweeping changes in daily life.
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Chapter 3—Post-War Intolerance (05:08)
Despite the economic expansion, the Roaring Twenties also saw incidents of great social, ethnic and racial intolerance.
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Chapter 4—The Moral Question (04:19)
During the 1920s, Americans witnessed a clash between traditional and modern values. Alcohol was prohibited and the Scopes Trial debated the issue of evolution versus creation.
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Chapter 5—The Jazz Age (05:37)
The 1920s was a golden age for American culture, including literature, art and music; women embraced new gener roles; and publishing entered a new golden age.


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