World War I

Leading up to the 1920s was World War I, which created a zeitgeist that was full of nationalism in the United States and a recognition that any day could be your last, especially for men.  It was not unusual for men to eat, drink and be marry, for they did not know when they would be recruited for war or die on the battlefield (Rosenberg).  Men who returned home from war tried to attain the normal life they once lived, which was a difficult task.  It was difficult for women as well, as many of them attained jobs while the men were away at war.  This generation of people had fallen away from the traditional male and female roles in society.

References:

Rosenberg, J. Flappers in the Roaring Twenties.  Retrieved from
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/a/flappers_2.htm

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