Technology Advances

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The Ford Model T
[audio]Equipment and Tools

  • Electricity was one of the most important tools during the 1920's.



  • Ford's use of the assembly line made Model T cars easier to make and cheaper to sell. This meant the average skilled worker could afford to buy one.
  • Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile joined to form General Motors.
  • The steel, rubber, and glass industries were all affected by the increase in car sales.
  • Other industries that grew because of the increase in automobiles were:
    1.) New construction of roads
    2.) More gas stations, restaurants, and motels
  • The increase in automobile sales changed people's lives by speeding up life activities and allowing people to travel.

Air Transportation

  • The Wright Brothers made the first motorized flight in 1903.
  • The first passenger flight was in 1923.
  • Charles Lindbergh was known as the man who made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

[audio]Mass culture

  • Mass Culture: groups of people who behave in many of the same ways because they have listened to or watched the same events.
  • The popularity of movies increased when sound was combined with the motion picture.
  • Movies helped create a mass culture in the U.S. by advertising all of the most current fashions.
  • Radios also helped create a mass culture by bringing people music, news, entertainment, and advertising.
  • Jazz was a new form of music that became popular in the 1920's because its exciting fast pace reminded people of city life.


  • Famous American Writers of the 1920s:
    1.) F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2.) Ernest Hemingway
    3.) William Faulkner
    4.) Langston Hughes

Women in the 1920s

  • Flappers: women who didn't behave according to "societal standards."