Hey, whaddya know . . . about the 1920s?

So maybe what you know about what life was like back in the 1920s doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Well, kiddo, that's what I'm here for! Here's a quick glance:

Sandwiched between the end of World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression was the era people call the Roaring Twenties.Why "roaring" you ask? Because the Twenties roared, both literally (machinery, roadsters, tommy guns, saxophones) and figuratively. And how!

Picture a time of economic prosperity--even excess--when people were making fortunes overnight and spending them just as quickly. An era of smoky jazz clubs, rat-a-tat-tat machine guns, wild new dances like the Charleston and the Black Bottom that had the older generation reaching for the smelling salts. The automobile--newly available to ordinary, everyday folks, thanks to Henry Ford and his assembly line--released courting couples from the front parlor and gave them unprecedented freedom from the watchful eyes of chaperones, giving birth to the modern dating culture. Whole armies of people were on the move, from country to city and south to north, following jobs in the prosperous industrial economy. Radio, magazines, and the silent screen (and by the end of the decade, the "talkies") spread popular culture in new ways.

It was a great time to be alive! And I'm looking forward to telling you all about it. Meanwhile, if you have questions about the era, please send them to me, Miss Marjorie, at marjorie.corrigan@gmail.com.

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