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The `Roaring Twenties'
People had more money to spend on leisure
and focused on having a good time and
forgetting the war.
Film became mass entertainment and a multi-
million dollar industry.
Cinemas that could seat 4000 were built.
Films were silent until 1927.
Hollywood was the centre of film-making.…read more

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The `Roaring Twenties'
Radio also boomed, as people had more
money to buy them.
In 1921 there was only 1 licensed station but
in 1923 there were 508.
Millions of radio sets were sold ­ in 1929,
$850m was spent on parts and sets.
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
was set up in 1926 and made $150m from
advertising by 1929.…read more

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The `Roaring Twenties'
Manners and morals were changing.
Young people could acceptably smoke
and dance at cocktail parties.
Some women ­ `flappers' ­ wore
shorter skirts, lipstick and high heels.
Church attendance fell and divorce
increased and became more acceptable.
However, some people thought sexual
freedom had gone too far.…read more

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Intolerance in the 1920s
There was prejudice against immigrants which led
to the `Red Scare'.
People worried that newer immigrant groups were
communist agitators and didn't want them entering
the country.
The Red Scare was caused by the authorities
blaming a series of bombings in 1919 on 4000
people, mainly Russians, who they deported.
During the Red Scare, two Italian anarchists were
convicted of murder and, despite claims that the
judge was blinded by prejudice, they were
executed in 1927.…read more

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Intolerance in the 1920s
The government introduced systems to
limit immigration.
From 1917 immigrants had to pass a
literacy test.
In 1921 a quota system was
introduced, and replaced in 1924 by the
National Origins Act, discriminating
against Southern / Eastern Europeans
and Asians.…read more

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