The Roaring Twenties
What was life like in the 1920s?
In the aftermath of World War I, the 1920s roared with change and excitement. The Industrial Age was booming! Prohibition, jazz, the Shimmy, the Charleston, the car craze, talkies, speakeasies, flappers, gangsters, bubble gum, traffic lights, electrification, the Scopes Monkey Trial, the Red Scare, the Teapot Dome Scandal, Mickey Mouse, the Harlem Renaissance; it was an exciting new era.
World War I was over. Factories
no longer needed to produce supplies for the war. Factories began producing
consumer goods - things for people to buy. There were
new inventions, like refrigerators and cheeseburgers. A new type of
music, jazz, was invented in New Orleans and rapidly spread. Silent movies were no longer silent,
with the first talkie - The Jazz
Singer. Prohibition, a new law, made it illegal to
transport or sell alcohol. As a result, speakeasies, illegal bars where people
could drink, dance, and listen to jazz, sprang up everywhere. Flappers, young girls in the 1920s, wore their hair short, their dresses loose,
rode in cars, and worked outside the home. Women got the vote!
Gangsters got the speakeasies! Immigrants got the tenements!
Welcome to the Roaring Twenties for Kids!
1920s ... and
along came Babe Ruth!
(Baseball started during the Civil War in the 1860s.
President Lincoln built a baseball diamond on the White House grounds.
But Babe Ruth made baseball history in the 1920s)