With the exception of slave owners, most American women had neither the time nor the money to be fashion conscious during the time they were settling and pioneering the New World. A series of historical events changed that.
WWI began 1914, but the United States did not declare war on Germany until April 1917. The Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919, and it pretty much ended the war.
Post-war life was not easy, however, as the world was in the middle of an influenza pandemic, which lasted January 1918 to December 1920 and infected about a third of the world’s population. American women were thinking surviving, rebuilding and restructuring, not fashion.
But as usually happens in history, a positive phase followed, and in 1920, American women celebrated the ratification the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. At that time, 2/3 the American population was 35 or younger. British women had had partial voting rights since 1918. Women were almost as ecstatic with their new status as citizens as they were with the return of their men from the European war.
Food had been rationed in the United States as well as in Europe during WWI, and after the war, the first time, American women’s magazines encouraged women to be thin. This post-war idea of being slim was an entirely new idea or goal most women.
Not only did women begin to try to control their weight that time, but also many young women began to bob their hair, sample prohibition liquor, go out dancing, and flirt openly. They were having fun, which was also an entirely new concept most ordinary women. Their mothers and grandmothers bore babies, cared for their families, cooked, cleaned, washed, ironed and planted vegetable gardens. These women probably had little time to envy their husbands and brothers, who were usually able to find time for sports and entertainment.
Prohibition was the era that began in 1920 and lasted 1933. Actually, it was an amendment of the U.S. Constitution in which a nationwide ban of the sale, production, importation and transportation of alcoholic beverages was put effect. Rural Protestants from both the Democratic and Republican parties pushed it into becoming a law.
Domestic violence became a big issue at that time, just like it is nowadays. Men had become used to drinking heavily after the Civil War, which ended in 1865. Many war veterans were handicapped from war injuries, suffering from PTSD, or unemployed, no matter which war they had served in. Workingmen’s bars and taverns popped up everywhere, where blue-collar workers gathered, drank and ate a free lunch heavily salted food, which induced them to buy more drinks.
These were the reasons that groups of women worked so hard to drive the law congress, in order to decrease domestic abuse and to ensure their husband’s salaries were spent on family necessities. This was also the time that some free-thinking women realized that they did not necessarily want or need to be married.
Prohibition was not new. Congress had already passed a temporary Wartime Prohibition Act in 1918, intended to save grain the war effort. But the whole country went dry January of 1920.
The working class was furious the new law, because they saw it as unfairly favoring the socially elite. Wealthy families had liquor in stock, but the working class didn’t and were used to producing their own home-brews or buying something alcoholic on paydays. This was suddenly the law.
Prohibition became a cause of serious religious contention in the United States. Members of the Catholic faith considered the ban on alcohol as almost a war waged rural Protestants against the urban Catholic immigrants. Wine was part of their Catholic culture. Anti-German sentiments arose this time because so many Protestants were German immigrants.
The Prohibition law opened doors the expansion of criminal organizations, the most prominent of which was the American Mafia. And, as happens in most societies, many politicians and law enforcement officials joined the corruption and the profitable bootlegging businesses.
Many families began to have expendable incomes for the first time, and the wives and daughters began to spend a bit non-practical clothing and costume jewelry. Gangsters like Al Capone wanted to show girlfriends who dressed in eye-catching dresses. Good girls began to want to look like gangster girlfriends.
Despite so much illegal bootlegging, overall consumption of alcohol decreased by half the 1920s and remained below pre-Prohibition levels until the 1940s. American women refused to go _ to corsets and long skirts after the Prohibition law was repealed in December 1933. Even the average American woman now wanted a certain look.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.
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