What You May Not Know About the Roaring (19) 20’s

What You May Not Know About the Roaring (19) 20’s

A hundred years ago we entered a decade that would come to be known as the Roarin’ 20’s. It was a decade of rowdy music, energetic dances and social and economic change that almost gave the country whiplash. You may remember flapper dances and Speakeasy’s as part of the decade but there was so much more about the Roarin’ 20’s you may not have known.

The decade started with women gaining the right to vote in the United States with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 1920. That November, two newspapermen, Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox, both from Ohio, ran against each other for U.S. President. While Harding won the election, Cox’s VP candidate, then just 37 years old, would go on to an illustrious political career. His name was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Women with short hair who listened to jazz and wore short (knee-length) skirts were called “flappers”. They ultimately would serve as poster-women of the decade. Many of these flappers were known for drinking more than their fair share of alcohol and a willingness to have a good time. It kind of changes who you thought Great-Grandma was, doesn’t it?

While the twenties are viewed by history as a wild, party era, at least legally, it was alcohol-free. Prohibition, banning the sale of alcohol, lasted in the United States from 1920-1933. This led to the creation of the Speakeasy; clandestine saloons where thirsty patrons could still buy a drink, although illegally. The decade also brought us gangsters and crime, frequently alcohol related.

Americans were still great adventurers in the 1920’s, with Charles Lindbergh flying the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927. While the flight was just over thirty-three and a half hours, he stayed awake for over 55 hours during the feat.

The decade would end with the start of the Great Depression in late 1929. This worldwide economic collapse would last at least another three and a half years, and its effects would last much longer. Yet we not only survived, but thrived.

The Roaring 20’s can serve as a reminder of where we’ve been and what we’ve gone through, both in good times and bad. Sometimes when we head forward, it helps to take a look back.


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Click Here

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Garage Sale Bingo

Items You Can Expect to Find When Heading Out to Yard and Garage Sales

Give It Away

Does “Giving It Away” Make Sense for Your Business?

Life’s Challenges and Rewards

The Hills and Valleys Are Just a Part of It

Frequent After-Market Add-ons for Cars and Trucks

We not only love our vehicles, but we love making them our own. Is your car or truck properly insured for these add-ons?

Getting Serious About Energy Savings

Are You Ready for the Next Step in Going Green?

Getting Your Mind Out Of the Gutter: Fun Bowling Facts

Staying in Your Lane Used to Mean Something Different

What Are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

Do You Practice These Habits?

How Many People…

Odd and Interesting Facts About All of Us

Distinctive Automobile Headlights of the Past

Headlights Do More Than Just Help Us See at Night

Why You May Need Renters Insurance

Don’t Be a Renters’ Insurance Denier. Here’s Why You May Need Its Protection.