In the 1920s, the media improved significantly as they focused more on heroes, majorly in sports and movie stars. Cities during this time grew to a greater extent, especially construction of massive stadia and cinemas. During this era, in most countries, women won their voting rights and started voting (Schumpeter, 3). In this context, countries which allowed women to vote included Britain and Canada. Actually, Canada is a country that was greatly affected by the Roaring 20s. There were major changes in the way of life of the Canadians. This paper will discuss on how the Roaring 20s was a time of optimism in Canada. In forming the conclusion, statistical analysis was conducted in respect to the topic of discussion.
After the First World War, most people were ready to start a new life. Though jobs were readily available, most of the soldiers returning from the battlefields created a surplus of workers. During the early 1920s, there was a 15% unemployment rate in Canada (Schumpeter, 5). However, in the mid-twenties, things changed. There were a tremendous rise and increase in the foreign demand for Canadian raw materials. Moreover, the United States demand for traditional resources in Canada increased. Foreign demands included the demand for timber, base metals, pulp and wheat. Moreover, the market for local raw materials increased (Smith, 16).
The market boom created hope and optimism for many Canadians. The increase in demand would automatically lead to a corresponding increase in supply. As a result, the improved demand and supply of goods led to a situation where most individuals were absorbed as workers in industries. Prairie farmers whose market had earlier on collapsed saw an improvement in their markets. Technically, the Canadian economy was booming, and there was hope for a better future (Moore, 10). Specifically, ...Show more
1920s: The Roaring Twenties In Canada
Introductory Paragraph: The 1920s were years of political controversy and defying social
standards, this time in Canada would mark an era which would pioneer the way for those to come in
regards to daring fashion, radical opinions, progressing technologies and political changes. “The
Roaring Twenties” is a phrase often used when describing this period of time in North America, the
phrase is justified by the cultural and artistic diversity of the time, it was a period of glamour and
prosperity for many. We see this with the invention of the low-cost Model T, flappers redefining
womanhood silent movies and fluctuating politics. The 1920s brought much change and with it
Canada experienced the revolution of changing politics and new ideologies, it was a necessary wave
of 'rebellious' liberation's and shifting views, a change fundamental to the future. These years for
Canadians were frustrating, wonderful, and hard. Soldiers returning from the war expected jobs, but were faced with unemployment, inflation and strikes. Inflation had doubled the cost of living where wages had not and those fortunate to be employed still faced immense financial difficulty. Many people joined unions for better pay and working conditions, 1919 saw the most strikes at a staggering three hundred and six, people were angry and discontented. The 1920s were a time of crime corruption and extreme poverty, yet by mid era difficult conditions began to improve. Foreign investors gained confidence in Canada and as a result new industries were developed, The twenties really did 'roar' and with this boom of change Canada underwent the transformation that was the gateway to the future.
Body Paragraph Topics: I) Canada had emerged out of World War I with a slumping
economy and a Union government that was plagued with
internal distension (the Farmers' movement, Canadian Council
of Agriculture was created, the National Progressive Party).
II) The Persons Case
III) The Temperance Movement
I) Body Paragraph Points:
Arthur Meighen becomes Prime Minister (1920 ), however his actions in implementing conscription, farm tariffs and the Winnipeg General Strike made him highly disliked by labourers and farmers. After one year of term the Conservative party is defeated by the Liberals, William L. Mackenzie...
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