The Roaring Twenties

Jordan Clewlow
Mind Map by Jordan Clewlow, updated more than 1 year ago
Jordan Clewlow
Created by Jordan Clewlow about 5 years ago


This is just a revision resource I made for myself on this website, I thought I would share it just in case other people may want it.

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The Roaring Twenties
1 Isolationism
1.1 Tariffs
1.1.1 But foreign countries did the same to American goods, so the USA made less money from exports
1.1.2 Fordney-McCumber tariff - made foreign goods more expensive American economy flourished
1.2 Republicans rejected the Treaty of Versailles
1.2.1 'America first' ideas - led to rejection of the treaty and Isolationism
1.3 Restricting the flow of Immigrants
1.3.1 A literacy test was introduced (1917 Immigration laws)
1.3.2 No Asian immigrants allowed in the USA
1.3.3 Only 375,000 (later only 150,000) were allowed in per year (Immigration quota act)
1.3.4 No. of immigrants entering the USA could not exceed 3% of immigrants already in the USA in 1910 (IQA)
1.3.5 Americans were worried about foreign immigrants taking their jobs and bringing communism
2 Mass Production
2.1 By 1928 20% of Americans had cars
2.2 By 1929 10 million radios had been sold
2.3 Producing goods quickly and cheaply so more people can buy them
3 Entertainment and social growth
3.1 Clubs and Jazz
3.1.1 Jazz music became very popular and accessable due to radios
3.1.2 More people went to clubs and drank due to relaxed social attitudes
3.1.3 Jazz music was a craze in the 20s Both of these things became very popular especially in cities
3.2 Sports
3.2.1 Sports personalities became famous
3.2.2 Car ownership meant more people could go and see live sport
3.2.3 Because of the introduction of Raadios, sport became very popular
3.3 Women
3.3.1 Socially active women were known as 'Flappers' They wore short skirts, had bob haircuts, smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol
3.3.2 Womens role in the 1920s changed due to the work they did in WW1
3.4 Media
3.4.1 Cars meant that cinema was more popular
3.4.2 Hollywood became a huge industry and films became extremely popular
3.4.3 Radios and therefore music became very popular
3.4.4 By 1929 10 million radios had been sold
4 Prohibition (The Volstead Act)
4.1 Introduced because alcoholism was a problem and because temperance groups campaigned for the ban
4.2 This law was often broken
4.2.1 People made 'moonshine' homemade alcohol which could be extremely dangerous to health
4.2.2 Speakeasies - illegal drinking clubs
4.2.3 Bootlegging (smuggling alcohol) became commonplace -40%+
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