“Buy Now Pay Later” was an attractive slogan to most American Consumers. The policy suggested paying for items over a set period of time with very little interest. The policy was used unwisely by most Americans and to the Great Depression.
Along with the radio, television was a major entertainment output. Silent movies were popular as were Walt Disney’s animations. They also contributed to the distribution of Nationwide events/scandals/news.
School Attendance Boom
Since school was newly enforced until the age of 14, a rise in attendance resulted. School systems had to accomidate for the non-english speaking students whom had most likely immigrated to the U.S. Standardize tests were given, enabling and enforcing the segregation of immigrant, African Americans and other minorities from the rest of the student body.
The Teapot Dome Scandal
Under the Administration of President Harding, oil reserves specifically for the U.S. Navy, was leased out to private oil companies by Secretary of Interior Albert Fall. This scandal showed the low management and poor credentials of the U.S. government.
Many of Americans greatest authors came from the 1920’s. While their friends partied in fear of no tomorrow and glorified the aspects of war, writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald fled to Europe in anguish. Their literature, more popular now than then, focused on the depression that lingered after WW1.
With the radio came instant state wide coverage of nearly every major event. This allowed for ordinary deeds to become glorified and praised. Thanks to the radio, the flight of Charles Lindbergh was heard nationwide and upon return he was the nations hero.
the Red Scare
After World War 1 came the Red Scare, a movement fueled by fear against communism. Anyone who spoke ill of the U.S. or participated in labor union strikes was automatically assumed to be a communist and was either taken to court or lynched.
The New Negro
The Harlem Renaissance was better then Heaven to the 1920’s African American. Harlem, New York became “the” place to be, it was the where you could find some of the brightest minds of the time such as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.