Speaker's Bureau

The Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties lives large in our imaginations: flappers, jazz, bathtub gin, gangsters — the 1920s were all that. But the 20s was also a time of tremendous prosperity for some and abject poverty for others, especially in the rural South. For the rising middle class, there were marvels to buy with the new installment payments, like Model T Fords, electric refrigerators and irons, and radio sets that brought the world into their living rooms. It was a decade of three presidents (not one of whom was elected to a second term), widening opportunities for women, and a tremendous migration north by Black Americans escaping the oppression of poverty and Jim Crow laws in the South. Illustrated lecture.

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Kathryn Smith