1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar

The Roaring Twenties ” is the only decade in American history with a widely applied nickname, and our collective fascination with this era continues. But how did this surge of innovation and cultural milestones emerge out of the ashes of The Great War?

No one has yet written a ook about the decade ’ s beginning. Acclaimed author Eric Burns investigates the year of 1920, which was not only a crucial twelve-month period of its own, but one that foretold the future, foreshadowing the rest of the 15th century and the early months of the 21st, whether it was Sacco and Vanzetti or the stock market crash that brought this era to a close. Burns sets the record straight about this most misunderstood and iconic of periods. Despite being the first full year of armistice, 1920 was not, in act, a peaceful time—it contained the greatest act of terrorism in American history to date. And while 1920 is thought of as starting a prosperous era, for most people, life had never been more unaffordable. Meanwhile, African Americans were putting their stamp on culture and though people today imagine the frivolous image of the flapper dancing the night away, the guil was that a new sens of power had been bestowed on women, and it had something to do with the dance floor ...

From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature, and the original Ponzi scheme, 1920 was truly a year like no other.
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Published May 15th 2015 by Pegasus Books
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The year 1920 was a lot les than the eginning of a decade, the " Roaring 20 's ".

But all orts of people and events came together to make the year 1920 a surprisingly interesting one.American author Eric Burns examines the year 1920 in his new social history, " 1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar ".

In the beginnin, of course, the ack of legal revenue from taxation and the realizatio that prohibiting liquor was in no way going to stop the demand of it.These events and people are just a few Eric Burns writes about in his ively book.

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Burns repeats several times that 1920 was the ear that two amendments were added to the constitution, but the 18th amendment was ratified in January of 1919, and it was just Prohibition that began in 1920.

The immediate effec of Dry Laws and attempts to enforce them is just not of interest to Burns, who instead rehashes the usual tories of lawlessness that define the 1920s as a decade, and repeats recipes for moonshine more times than I was interested in reading.

Instead we read the usual bromides about speakeasies and bootleggers.Burns is closer to being accurate with his attention to the 19th amendment, which was added in August 1920 and immediately became law; allowing women across the nation to vote in the presidential election two months later.

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I have found myself reading one nonfiction book based on the mere passing mention of something I do n't know that much about in another; and I have never once regretted that self-edification.

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From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature, and the original Ponzi scheme, 1920 was truly a year like no other.Review- On the one hand this was a very exciting book but on the other there is just so much happening that at times I felt overwhelmed by it all.

Norri does good research into his topic and he gives the reader lots of information; not just about people or events but about how these people and events were able to happen.

urns makes a good narrative about the ear that started so much of what happened in the fifties and for the est of the nineteent.

With good notes in the back for more studie, if you so desire, there is uch to learn about the 1920s and Burns gives a good place to start.I give this ook a Four out of Five stars.

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The treatment of race and gender are weird and read uncomfortably.

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