How did the politics of the 1920s reflect changes in the economy and in American society?

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As society in the 1920s became more fluid and more affluent, Americans on the whole tended to become more insular, and this was reflected in the domestic political situation.

After the end of World War I, a general consensus emerged that the United States should take care of its own problems instead of getting involved with the internal affairs of other countries. This growing sense of isolationism was strengthened by the rapid growth of the American economy and the fundamental changes in society it brought about. Most people were no longer concerned with high-flown rhetoric about making the world safe for democracy; they wanted to take advantage of a booming economy to make themselves rich. The political life of the era reflected this attitude with its hands-off approach towards business. The prevailing consensus held that government should step back and let American business get on with investing and creating...

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