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The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

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The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

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Jul 21, 2014


The 1920s is one of the most fascinating decades in American history, when the seeds of modern American life were sown. It was a time of prosperity and recovery from war, when women's roles began to change and advertising and credit made it desirable and easy to acquire a vast array of new products. But there was a dark side of crime and corruption, racial intolerance, hard times for immigrants and farmers, and an impending financial collapse.

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz explores all the different aspects of the time, from literature and music to politics, fashion, economics, and invention. To experience one of the most vibrant eras in US history, readers will debate the pros and cons of prohibition, create an advertising campaign for a new product, and analyze and compare events leading to the stock market crashes of 1929 and 2008.

The Roaring Twenties meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

Jul 21, 2014

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Marcia Amidon Lusted has written 130 books and more than 500 magazine articles for young readers. She is a freelance editor and writing instructor, as well as a musician. She lives in New Hampshire.

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  • One of the ways that jazz music flourished was because of “rent parties.” A person who rented a house or apartment threw a party with music, then asked for dona- tions from the partygoers to help pay the rent.

  • As a result of this and many years of work by the temperance movement, the 18th Amendment received its required three-fourths approval from the states and was ratified just a year after its introduction.

  • A wave of new music, art, and literature by African Americans gained recognition from both black society and white society during the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Jazz quickly moved out of the Harlem speakeasies and nightclubs and into the new, popular, modern culture.

  • In fact, the 1920s would come to be called the Jazz Age.

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Why Were the Twenties Roaring?

Chapter 1

We’re In the Money

Chapter 2

Politics and Prohibition

Chapter 3

An Age of Invention

Chapter 4

Culture and All That Jazz

Chapter 5

Not Invited to the Party

Chapter 6

The Party’s Over




Why Were the Twenties Roaring?

Do you ever wonder why historians call the era of the 1920s in American history the Roaring Twenties?

Do you think that we live in a period of time when things are changing? Maybe you remember a time before smartphones and tablet readers, Twitter and Facebook. A time when only astronauts could fly into outer space. Isn’t it exciting to imagine the possibilities of the future, such as Google Glass and electric cars, and realize it’s already here?

The years between World War I and the Great Depression were an era of excitement, movement, and a newer, faster pace of life. It was the beginning of modern life, modern inventions, and a kind of popular culture that Americans had never experienced before.

Radio and movies helped spread new trends in fashion, music, and behavior. The traditional lifestyles and values were changing. People had more money to spend and new consumer goods to spend it on. Women, especially young women, were breaking free from their old roles and finding that they could have more freedom to work as well as raise a family. It was a time of fresh air after the long, dark years of World War I.

The 1920s were nicknamed the Roaring Twenties because it was a time when everything seemed exciting and new and modern, when everything seemed to move faster than ever before.


The twenties roared because the mood of the country was one of prosperity, change, and innovation.

There is a lot of new vocabulary in this book! Turn to the glossary in the back when you come to a word you don’t understand. Practice your new vocabulary in the VOCAB LAB activities in each chapter.


Use the QR codes throughout this book as takeoff points for further exploration. They suggest videos to view online and download. When a QR code is provided, you can use a smartphone or tablet app to access the suggestion directly.

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World War I (1914–1918) was devastating to Americans and Europeans. In total, more people died than in any previous war: 9 million soldiers and 5 million civilians. Twenty-eight countries were involved in the war, and it cost more than $300 billion. It was the first time that new devices such as poison gas, airplanes, and longrange artillery had been used. Millions of men were left permanently disabled. It changed the governments and economies of many European countries and, as a result, the United States became a leading industrial and economic power on its own. After the war, Americans could concentrate more on their own country after so many years spent focused on the rest of the world.

Most Americans came out of World War I certain that there would never be another war as terrible as what they had just experienced. The overall feeling was one of optimism. As restrictions on consumer goods were lifted, most workers saw their wages increase by as much as 22 percent.

The years between 1900 and 1920 saw the start of a time of change in America, as the lifestyles and values left over from the end of the nineteenth century began to give way to new ways of living and seeing the world. Many people still lived in rural areas, but the movement of people into cities was increasing. Cars slowly became less expensive and more common.

Have you ever seen pictures of women in the early 1900s? Women dressed modestly, often in long skirts, and were mostly expected to stay at home to be housewives and mothers. But women began to enter the workforce in larger numbers as industry and factory jobs increased. With the advent of the flapper—the new, modern young woman with short skirts, short hair, and much more social freedom—women’s roles began to change.


Though many Americans believed World War I was the war to end all wars, World War II (1939–1945), which resulted in 50–85 million deaths, proved them wrong.


Women gained the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920.


In The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz, you’ll see that all of this transition served as the foundation of the Roaring Twenties. It was an era when everything seemed to change. As African Americans move out of the rural South to the cities, their jazz music inspired a musical

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