Technology, Culture, and Innovation in the 1920s

Technology, Culture, and Innovation in the 1920s
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By the 1920s, the automobile was becoming more commonly used and had a tremendous impact on the USA. In the 1920s, highways and roads improved a great deal. Route 66 led to the formation of many towns along its path from Chicago to Los Angeles. Due to the invention of the car, motels, restaurants, and shopping areas increased and expanded in many places. In the late 1920s, the underwater was created from New York to New Jersey.

Urbanization, the migration of people to cities, grew in the 1920s. Many skyscrapers were built in the style of Art Deco. The automobile allowed people to be more mobile and move to various urban areas to seek better jobs. Many goods began to be transported through the highways as well in this era.

The utilization of airplanes in World War I dramatically increased the capability of these machines. In the USA, mail began to be transported through air travel. Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, flying from New York to Paris in 1927. Amelia Earhart also became a famous female pilot in the 1920s. Unfortunately, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to circumnavigate the world.
From 1920-1929, there were prosperous times in the USA. Technology was also increasing. The utilization of electricity meant many families had refrigerators for the preservation of food, heat in their homes, and other new inventions made possible by electricity. Cities used electric lights so that businesses could continue at night. This increased productivity in the nation.

Marketing is the technique in which businesses try to gain consumption for their products and services through creating appealing advertisements. During WW I, the USA used propaganda to gain support for the war. In the 1920s, businesses used propaganda to achieve the goal of getting others to buy their goods and services using slogans, endorsements from athletes, and the other methods.

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