The role of women in the roaring twenties
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The 1920s proved to be a remarkable period in American history. It was also a period of contradictions. On the one hand, America’s manufacturing industry boomed, and the country enjoyed the kind of prosperity that made it the envy of the rest of Europe. On the other hand, the affluence of a significant number of Americans was in stark contrast to the poverty of millions of others. Moreover, the razzamatazz that fascinated the rest of the world hid a deeply divided society. America’s history of immigration had created a country full of prejudice, discrimination, racism, and an almost fanatical fear of political extremism that was thinly disguised by the glamorous façade. The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in all elections, was a major step in freeing half the American population. During the early 20th century, thousands of women conducted hundreds of campaigns to gain the rights to vote. Finally the time for women had come. The 1920s was a challenging time for ...
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