The Roaring 20s

U.S. History II
Module 4: The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression
Module Overview
Welcome to module 4. In this module we study two very different decades: the 1920s and the 1930s. During the Roaring 20s, Americans enjoyed an expanding economy and the maturation of an abundant consumer culture that put the good life within reach of many families. Jazz music, the automobile, the speakeasy, and the flapper became symbols of the era. Not all Americans, however, were comfortable with the changes of modernity, and cultural conflicts characterized the decade.
The good times came to an end in 1929 when a stock market crash ushered in the worst economic collapse in the nations history- the Great Depression. During the 1930s, American families struggled as unemployment at times reached 50% in some cities if the nations industrial heartland. In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the first of four straight presidential elections and launched the New Deal, an effort to bring relief to the desperate and reform to the economy

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