Life in the Roaring Twenties

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Analyze the uneven distribution of the 1920s’ economic prosperity. Which Americans gained the most, and which were largely left out?

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There were some significant signs during the 1920s that the economy was not strong. While investors and owners of large businesses did very well when their stocks increased in value, the people who worked for them did poorly. A small number of Americans controlled the majority of the nation's wealth, and with the deregulation and anti-labor movements of the 1920s, this would only get worse.

Those most hurt by the economics of the 1920s were factory workers and farmers. Many farmers had bought new machinery or borrowed money for more land before 1920, as they thought that WWI would continue. The war proved to be valuable for the farming sector, as the United States exported tons of food to the Allies and later to the refugee crisis in Belgium. When the war ended suddenly in November 1918, Europeans went back home and farmed, thus creating less of a need for American exports. Farmers produced more in order to try to compensate for the falling prices, thus leading to a system of increased...

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