What was the American Dream in the 1920s?

The American Dream in the 1920s centered around the idea of big spending, with many Americans believing that they could purchase the happiness they had always dreamed of.

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American culture during the 1920s is often referred to as the "Roaring Twenties," and for good reason. World War I was over, and society enjoyed this time of peace. The economy was booming, and more Americans than ever before were purchasing automobiles, new electronic devices to help with housework, and other big-ticket items.

Americans had confidence in their country and in their economy, and they were spending lots of money. They were proud to display their wealth through their purchases, offering up these items as status symbols. Inventions like the telephone and the radio were reshaping the culture, allowing information and music to flow directly into American's homes. And prohibition, which many initially believed would reduce crime rates, often had an indirect impact on societies in the 1920s, with bootlegging becoming widespread and large parties celebrating the underground distribution of alcohol.

All of these factors influenced the idea of the American Dream in the 1920s. Looking to the idea that they were guaranteed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," in many ways, Americans sought to purchase the life and happiness they desired. Acquiring more wealth and more property became a common goal of both the wealthy and the working class. Society was increasingly upwardly mobile, and men not born into wealth realized the potential to make a great deal of money during this decade.

Americans partied and enjoyed illegal alcohol, and women found new ways of expressing themselves as well. They cut their hair short, raised their hem lines, and stepped out into culture with a new sense of freedom, particularly since the 19th Amendment granted them the right to vote.

The American Dream was a dream for more. Of course, all this opulence and spending created a great debt for many Americans, and this was one of the factors that led to the stock market crash in 1929.

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