Social change in the 1920s

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Social change in the 1920s

Major Themes of the Time:FlappersProhibitionHarlem RenaissanceThe Scopes "Monkey" TrialThe Red ScareLabor UnrestRise of Mass Media

The status of women was changing rapidly in the Progressive Era. For the most part, middle-class white married women still did not work outside the home. Women workers were primarily young and single, or widows, divorcees, poor married women, and/or women of color. In addition, most women continued to work in agriculture, in factories, and as domestic servants. African American women, in particular, worked as domestic servants in large numbers.

Social Change in the 1920s

Changing Roles for Women

Harlem Rennaissance

Flappers were young women who enjoyed themselves on the town, often without being accompanied by men. They challenged the social norms of the time. They are often thought of as permiscuous, but this is not necessarily accurate.



Prohibition of alcohol was in place from 1920 to 1933. Advocated for by many women and relgious groups, it led to widespread bootlegging, organized crime, violence, and speakeasies. After briefly drinking less alcohol in the early 1920s, Americans soon resumed drinking in similar quantities.

During the 1920s conservative values clashed with progressive values. Many social, political and economic changes took place during this time.

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