What are some generalizations about the 1920's?

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Assuming that you are talking about the 1920s in the United States, the main generalization about this time is that it was the "Roaring '20s."  This implies that it was a time when people had lots of leisure time and did a lot of things for fun.  It also implies that the US economy was roaring.

In other words, that implies the following generalizations:

  • Most Americans had more time for having fun rather than working.
  • Most Americans liked to go to speakeasies and drink illegal alcohol and listen to jazz.
  • Most American women were flappers and/or believed in new visions of morality and what was proper conduct.
  • Most Americans were getting richer because of the booming stock market.

People who know a bit more about history have a second set of generalizations.  These would include:

  • Most rural Americans disliked the new ways.
  • Many Americans were worried about how much immigration was going on in this time.

Overall then, the generalizations center around the idea that this was a boom time of economic growth and people having lots of fun.  There are also generalizations about the idea that rural, traditional people were concerned about the changes.