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The 1920s - The 1920s In A Nutshell The 1920s were a decade...

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The 1920s In A Nutshell The 1920s were a decade best remembered for unprecedented affluence , a profusion of fantastic new consumer products , and a vibrant and creative urban cultural scene . But the decade also brought a deep agricultural depression , fueling traditionalist resistance to the encroachments of modernity on rural America. Why Should I Care? "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." That was the opening line of L.P. Hartley's novel The Go-Between . It's also a decent description of how a lot of us feel about many topics in American history. It's not easy for us to understand, for example, exactly why our nineteenth-century forebears got so worked up over issues like tariff policy or the gold standard. But the 1920s don't seem so foreign at all—more like a goofy reflection of our own times, viewed through a funhouse mirror. In both eras—the 1920s and today—we see presidents elected because the voters liked their
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  • Fall '10
  • PIETRZAK
  • new consumer products, urban cultural scene, deep agricultural depression, old-fashioned religious principles

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