The Life of the Working Class in the Roaring Twenties Term Paper by Nicky

An outline of how the lifestyle of the working class during the 'Roaring Twenties' can be portrayed through a documentary.
# 150344 | 806 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2012 in Film (Documentary) , History (U.S. 1900-1930)

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The paper intends to determine the social climate or environment of the working class during the 1920s, a time when consumption and affluence prevailed. The paper describes a potential documentary that would look at the male and female populations of the middle class, and would focus on both the emergence of 'women empowerment' in the form of sexual awareness and education as well as the issue of the Prohibition and proliferation of saloons. The paper notes that after showing the economic prosperity, social freedom and moral disintegration, it is important to emphasize the context of this decade.

From the Paper:

"The term 'Roaring Twenties' in American history captures a time when, during the 1920s, American society experienced unprecedented economic prosperity and social freedom despite having recently experienced the First World War. The unprecedented affluence that society experienced found its way through everyone, increasing each individual's social mobility--going up or down the social class ranks.
"It was during this period that the middle, or working, class became more powerful socially. Particularly, it was during the period 1923 to 1929 that "the real earnings of workers "shot up at an astonishing rate" and "unemployment largely disappeared"" (Hawley, 1979 as cited in Stricker, 1983:5). These descriptions of the economic status of the working or middle class reflect the life condition of majority of the Americans at that time--affluent workers who, with the aid of a booming economy, became socially, even fluidly, mobile through the years.
"In addition, the prevailing culture of the Roaring Twenties is attributed to the dominant middle class. The middle class, enjoying their economic success, also yearned for social freedom, which Price (1999) described as a "social revolution," wherein Americans felt the "desire to enjoy life," whatever their status or place in the society was. Indeed, as the Roaring Twenties culture showed, it was a time for "scantily clad women called flappers, illegal saloons called speakeasies, notorious gangsters like Al Capone, silent movies...a wild, new music called jazz" and "the good life" (ibid.)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McBee, R. (1999). "'He likes women more than he likes drink and that is quite unusual': working-class social clubs, male culture, and heterosocial relations in the United States, 1920s-1930s." Gender & History, Vol. 11, No.1.
  • Price, S. (1999). "What made the Twenties roar?" Scholastic Update, Vol. 131, Issue 10.
  • Stricker, F. (1983). "Affluence for whom?--Another look at prosperity and the working classes in the 1920s." Labor History, Vol. 23.
  • Wheeler, L. (2000). "Rescuing sex from prudery and prurience: American women's use of sex education as an antidote to obscenity, 1925-1932." Journal of Women's History, Vol. 12, No.3.

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