Post World War I, social changes and the acquiring of the right to vote led to a decade of increased freedom for women in the 1920s. This freedom included working outside the home, becoming more involved in politics and radical changes in fashions.Know More
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920 and gave American women the right to vote. Women started to become involved in politics on a local and federal level, forming committees to get involved in social issues.
Women entered the workforce for the first time during the war to take the jobs of the men who had been drafted. Many of the woman found that they liked participating in the workforce. After the war, widowed women continued to work to support themselves and their kids. Casualties among young men in the war left many women either widowed or without suitors and forced to provide for themselves. Women began to take jobs in small shops, big department stores and even offices.
Wanting to depart from the stoic social restrictions of the pre-war period, some young women took on a less conservative clothing style and a new, rebellious attitude. Known as “flappers,” these women were characterized by strong language and progressive sexual behavior.Learn more in US History
British Columbia entered the Canadian Confederation in 1871 because financiers in Ottawa agreed to build a railroad through the territory within a decade, took on the territory's massive debt and provided government subsidies to help British Columbia become more solvent. The United States wanted British Columbia as reparations from the British following the American Civil War and because America purchased Alaska in 1867. The British refused the United States' demands.Full Answer >
The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade, beginning in 1930 and lasting until 1940. The lack of grasses and waves of drought during those years resulted in the topsoil being blown away during strong winds, creating massive dust storms.Full Answer >
The Age of the Common Man occurred during the presidency of Andrew Jackson starting in 1828 and lasted throughout the following decade. The age is characterized by the ability of ordinary white men to be elected into government office and by the fact that almost all white men could vote.Full Answer >
Early in the 1960s, the cost of gas was 31 cents per gallon; however as the decade wore on, the demand for gas led to several price increases. By the early 1970s, American citizens were faced with a high fuel demand among a limited supply.Full Answer >