The 1920s were initially a time of great optimism: the world had beaten itself half to death during what they then called The Great War, and at first, people were still quite shell-shocked. However, by the time 1920 itself rolled around, people were all sure that such a thing could never happen again. This led to a complacency that opened a great many doors to trouble, as well as an optimism and a sense of possibility that led to a led to some of the most significant innovations in human history. As monarchy's last hurrah was broken through much of the world, and major empires collapsed, both angels and demons were unleashed: environmentalism, feminism, civil rights and gay rights, socialism, communism, anarchism, and of course, the ideology that would shape the 1930s and '40s all too much; fascism. Meanwhile, the stock market was surging, rules were being broken, and a staggeringly corrupt president was in charge with a cabinet populated by wealthy businessmen.
Come 1929 and the Wall Street Crash and the Dust Bowl; everyone realized too late that apparently, the party was always going to have to end. However, it was fun while it lasted. What would you have done while you were there?
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