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The Roaring Twenties. It was a decade of startling contrasts. World War I was over. Women got the vote, cut their hair (and their skirts). Alcohol was outlawed so speakeasies and bootlegging filled the void. Babe Ruth was king of the ballpark-- lucky Lindy ruled the air. It was a rich, albeit fleeting, period in American history.
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This documentary, explores the major events that defined the United States during the 1920s, known as the decade of play and prosperity. The program is divided into five sections: Road to Recovery, Boom Times, Post-War Intolerance, The Moral Question, and The Jazz Age.
The program emphasizes that the road to recovery following World War I was characterized by contrasts: a return to normalcy in which some individuals became very wealthy set against major undercurrents of labor unrest, high prices, and isolationism. Boom Times describes the country under Silent Cal Coolidge who lowered interest rates to spur the economy. The assembly line was born, and leisure time spawned the development of suburbs. Another segment addresses the Red Scare, the KKK, and Marcus Garvey's nativism. A moral question is raised about the Scopes Trial, prohibition, and women's rights. Literacy improved, newspapers flourished, and entertainment created talkies, and fads such as flagpole sitting and dance marathons. The final segment is devoted to notable artists, writers, and musicians of The Jazz Age. --School Library Journal
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