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Community Read: The Great Gatsby: The 1920s

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American History in Video

Sights of the Twenties

Flapper Fashion Plate

Flapper Junior League 1928

Flapper Magazine

Flapper Hiding Alcohol

Repeal 18th Amendment

Pouring it Away

The Roaring 20's

The "Roaring Twenties" was a roaring decade indeed. The passage of the Volstead Act prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol and spawned a black market network of smuggling and speakeasies. Gangsters like Al Capone captured the public's imagination. Fashionable, fun-loving women wore short skirts and even shorter hair. They, and a growing number of the public, danced to jazz music, and the popular Cotton Club in Chicago was open to both African Americans and whites. Business was booming in many industries and, for the first time, people were buying on credit. Speculation in the stock market was at an all-time high as a "get rich quick" mentality took hold, but the artificially inflated bubble burst on October 24, 1929. The stock market crash closed out the 1920s with a bang. 

"About the Volume." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 3: 1920-1929. Detroit: Gale, 2004. XIX-XX. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

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