Canada in the 1920's

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Canada in the 1920's

Watch this video and see why they called it the " Roaring 20's"

Canada in the 1920's

The technological inovations of the automobile, radio, and telephone with the popularity that followed it brought immense economic prosperity in the 1920's. By the end of the 1920's 75% of Canadian household owned a telephone, 15 million Model A Fords had been sold across North America, and the radio was used as the main entertainment system for sports, shows, and music such as Hockey Night in Canada and the newly popular jazz genre. The prestige of the radio can be reflected through its price that was equivilent of a Model A car and its symbolism for social status. The life of luxury in the 1920's seemed unstoppable people invested in the Dow Jones, wages were at an all time high, and the atmosphere always seemed hopeful for the future. Who would of thought it would have all come to an end in the 1930's aka " dirty thirty's"?

Hey Class! today we're going to learn about Canada in the Roaring 20's!The 1920's were a era of consumerism, leasure, and rebellion in Canada. Many sacrifies were made during WWI and now its time to celebrate! ... for some. There was major change with Canada during the 1920's that included great economic change with technological advances, political change with residential schooling aswell as women's rights, and my personal favorite social change with flappers and prohibition! How about we take a look at some of these changes?

As you can see in the video there was alot of excitement considering the war had ended. Despite prohibition and clothing regulation people still found a way too have a ROARING time! Most of the women you see in the video are flappers.These women had a major impact in the 20's and were seen as a new age of women treating sex as a cadual manner, using sex appeal, drinking, and wearing revealing outfits. During the 1920's prohibition was in effect so all that alcohol you seem in the video is illegal. Famous Canadian bootleggers such as Rocco Perri made a fortune distrbuting alcohol because it was in such high demand. Watch the video below to get a better understanding of Prohibition in Canada.

On October 19th 1929, Lord Sankely spoke on behalf of the Privy Council and announced, "Yes women are persons... and eligable to be summoned and may become Members of the Senate of Canada" and also said, "the exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more barbarous then ours. This expressed major political change in Canada and changed the lives and roles of women in Canadian society. The famous five accompanied with Prime Minster Mackenzie King made this all happen and took it to the highest court of appeal during the 1920's!

Although Residential Schooling and the attempt at assimilation of the aborginal people began before the 1920's it was significanly and vigoursly more enforced during the 20's. It was said in the 20's these government run establishment were too "civilize" the savage indian and teach them the Canadian way of life. Duncan Scott, Deputy Supeintendent General of Indian Affairs, made a goal to fix the " Indian Problem" with the act of assimilation. As claimed by Scoot and the government, there goal was to " kill the Indian in the child" and transform them into civilized Canadian citizens. Children were sexually, physically, and emotionally abused to the point of suicide or death by the hand of the educators the Canadian government entrusted to be responsible for them.


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