Life in the Roaring Twenties

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To what extent is the term "Roaring '20s" an appropriate name for that decade?

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The "Roaring Twenties," also called the Jazz Age, was a decade in which significant social and economic change took place. Those years also saw the production of amazing art, including literary modernism, a movement which grappled with a post-World War I global landscape. Capitalism and consumerism began to surge, women shortened their hemlines (think of the flapper woman) and were granted the right to vote, and the mass production of cars made society more mobile than it had ever been before. Thus, this decade was "roaring" with progressive change.

If you look up the verb "to roar" in the Oxford English Dictionary, you'll find a definition that helps us make sense of the term "Roaring Twenties" in an additional way. The verb without an object and with an adverbial phrase can mean to "move at high speed making a loud prolonged sound." This decade did indeed "move at high speed." Advances in technology, particularly in automobiles and media (the radio and film) made society feel as if it...

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