weekly blog--one for the ages
Something to think about. The Spanish Flu pandemic lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. After that, we entered the decade that would become known as the Roaring 20s. The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of novelty associated with "modernity” and a break with tradition.
Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology, especially automobiles, air travel, electrical appliances, moving pictures and radio. Formal decorative frills were shed in favor of practicality in both daily life. Jazz and dancing rose in popularity. The flapper redefined the modern look for women.
In architecture, Art Deco peaked, while nations saw rapid industrial and economic growth which accelerated consumer demand that brought significant changes in lifestyle and culture. The media, funded by the new industry of mass-market advertising, focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, and cities rooted for their home teams and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic sports stadiums. In many countries, women won the right to vote.
Yet not everything roared during this decade. In the wake of the patriotism of World War I, President Harding brought back normalcy to the politics of the United States. And the era ended with the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
Today, we are engaged in another pandemic. Where we go from here will test whether our nation can long endure.