New textures and patterns created the 1920’s style. For women many more options were now acceptable. A daring new style of skirts and dresses worn above the knee were popular. Revealing styles worn by the Flappers, the 'bobbed' hairstyles, cloche hats, and a mixture of brightly colored clothes. Men wore short suit jackets, the old long jackets being used for formal occasions
Speakeasies were illegal taverns that sell alcoholic beverages. They came to an all time high during the Prohibition era. Speakeasies ranged from fancy clubs with jazz bands and ballroom dance floors to dingy backrooms, basements and rooms inside apartments.
As "gangsters" started selling alcohol, organized crime started. Organized crime grew throughout the Prohibition era. Random disputes often transformed America's cities into violent battlegrounds. Homicides, burglaries, and assaults consequently increased significantly during the 1920s.
Wealthy Lifestyles of the 1920s
The music that was famous around this time was Jazz. The decade was truly jazz's golden age. It originated in New Orleans and entered the cultural mainstream during the 1920s. Jazz was one way African American could express themselves and become recognized. Louis Armstrong was a native of New Orleans who was famous for his trumpet style and unique vocals.
He became one of the primary spokesman for the jazz age. F.Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of Americas greatest writers and is most known for "the great American novel," The Great Gatsby. In 1920 he met and married Zelda Sayre. They were said to be toxic for each other. Zelda was a gifted writer but Fitzgerald held her back due to jealously.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the Roaring 20’s "The Roaring Twenties." The 1920’s were a decade of parties, money, and extravagant lifestyles. The decade portrayed the American Dream of women, money, alcohol, music, and partying. In the twenties dresses were shorter, alcohol was illegal, and parties were a given.