The Roaring Twenties was a time of great change in social aspects and innovations.
The roaring twenties overall was a huge change, especially for African Americans. Besides the Great Migration where AA's were now moving North to be treated better from the treatments they received in the South, works that these people produced were finally being praised. In addition to praise raising, racism rose as well (Harlem Renaissance video). The long list of KKK members was only growing longer as African Americans began speaking up and transitioning into their own, publishing works of art including novels, paintings, poems, etc. It became obvious that blacks voices were now being heard. Langston Hughes, a famous author and previous Missourian, wrote many poems to be published, hitting the hearts of many. "Besides, they'll see how beautiful I am-and be ashamed I, too, am America," Hughes wrote. By this, Hughes meant that all of the racist peoples around him may like his works and artistry but would never appreciate him and his work because of his skin color.
The rights of women also had a polar change during the 1920's. Women gradually came out of their shells, feeling as free as ever. The changes to women not only came with their right to vote, but also their style of dress, their openness of promiscuity, and their overall way of living. In document B, written in 1912, an anti-suffragist newspaper in New York explains how the right of voting for women negatively affects the United States. "We sadly see the results in the nation's poor health and lowered physique." The author is describing a negative physical change in the nation because these women are making efforts to change and liberate themselves by the simplest task of wanting equality. The 1920's were a huge change for women, yet they still continue to fight for equality, even in 2017.
The way people have acted around the consumption of alcohol is constantly changing, whether is be considered a sin or a delicacy. When the Prohibition approached, people freaked out, missing out on their precious beverages if they couldn't find the illegal 'hook-up'. The decision of the alcohol ban was extremely controversial, and backed by 'science'. Document A, a statement read at the Eighth Annual Meeting off the National Temperance Council in 1920 stated that 'it is believed that less consumption of alcohol by the community would mean less tuberculosis, less poverty, less dependency, less pressure on our hospitals, asylums and jails.' Doctors and scientists actually believed that alcohol was a major cause of death and disease, and even economic problems. This was a huge change from before, where the distribution of alcohol lacked the act of being monitored or studied so thoroughly.
I found this political cartoon relatively easy for any audience member to understand and many to relate to. The picture depicts a woman sitting in a rocking chair in a full-length outfit (as of expected of women during the time) clutching close a rolled type of paper that depicts the words 'the ballot.' A caption is in the top left corner stating 'hugging a delusion.' They refer to the ballot as voting rights for women, as it would be crazy for women to actually vote.
Some may argue that the 1920's was instead a time of return to normalcy because of the consistent lack of respect and equal rights showed toward women. I understand why people believe this to be true because consistently throughout history, articles such as Document A, by Molly Elliot Seawell, prove that even women were against women. However, the bigger change came from those many women who made the choice to rebel, which eventually became worth it when rights were gained and lives were improved.