[2010] furies122: The Roaring Twenties

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[2010] furies122: The Roaring Twenties

In the twenties, Prohibition made manufacture and sales of alcohol illegal. Despite the new laws, demand for alcohol was high, giving gangsters much business bootlegging booze. The nation’s most famous gangster was Al Capone of Chicago, Illinois. Capone and his men ruled Chicago, and were above the law. They put armed gangsters in the voting places to see that the dummy candidates that they designated were voted into public office. Another famous gangster of the time period was Dion O’Banion. O’Banion ran a flower shop in Chicago and was an altar boy in the Catholic Church as well as ran bootleg liquor throughout the city and manned gambling traps throughout Chicago. The 1920’s was the time when organized crime began to emerge. The gangsters are historically significant because they were the main source of alcohol in the 1920’s which was important to the lifestyle practiced then.

Speakeasies were bars that secretly served bootleg alcohol to customers. They represent the way of life in the 20's and how breaking the law was fashionable.

The Saint Valentines Day Massacre of 1929 was a result of gang rivalries. Al Capone's gunmen were accused of killing seven Bugs Moran gang members with machine guns and shotguns. They were never proven guilty. This was significant in the twenties because it showed just how dangerous the gangsters were and how they could avoid charges for such a gruesome crime.

Prohibition is the name for the period of time in the 1920's in which manufacturing, selling, and transporting alcoholic beverages was illegal. People broke the laws however, and manufactured, transported, sold, and drank alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol made people feel good and helped them live in the moment.

With the new decade of the 1920's came new inventions. Some of them included the modern radio, electric refrigerators, food mixers, leaded gas, hair dryers, penicillin, and all-talking movies. These inventions made way of life easier and helped carry out the 1920's attitude of always having fun. In their free time people would listen to the radio and watch all-talking movies.

Jazz music features an upbeat, twangy sound and was important in the twenties because it reflected the lifestyle of living like there will be no tomorrow. Some famous jazz musicians were Louis armstrong and George Gershwin.

The Teapot Dome Scandal took place when Albert Fall, Secratery of the Interior under President Harding, was convicted for accepting $400,000 from two oil companies so they could have access to oil rich government owned land such as Teapot Dome, Wyomong. This was one of the affairs which defined Harding's presidency as harmful and corrupt.

Henry Ford invented and sold the Ford Model T car. It was the first car for the common person. In the 1920's more people could afford Ford's cars. Ford employed many people on his assebly lines, and gave business to gas stations, roadside stores and restaurants, and tire manufacturers by selling over ten million Model T's.

The Lost Generation was a group of artists, authors, and musicians who were the epitome of 20's attitude. Their art, music and literature present the attitude that attacked dull-minded living and promoted living life to the fullest. Earnest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Stella, and Edward Hopper were people from the Lost Generation.

Al Capone, famous gangster


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