History seems to have a strange habit of repeating itself over time. The first world war was shortly followed by a second world war, with basically the same countries being the key players once again. This makes one wonder if the roaring twenties of the twentieth century aren't subject to repeat itself again, one hundred years later in the twenty first century. The year 2020 is just a stones throw away from us now, and before we all know it, we may soon be reliving that nostalgic time again from long ago. The roaring twenties began with big cities in both the United States, and Europe enjoying economic prosperity while transitioning from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy. Could we be in the same position to repeat this step of the process with the conclusion of the Afghan and Iraqi wars upon us now?
In the 1920s modern womanhood was redefined with voter rights, and the youthful flapper movement started doing dances such as the "Charleston". It doesn't appear as though anything here really has changed all that much. Also in the 1920s art deco peaked, and sports figures like the great Babe Ruth rose to become sports heroes. Something that we all see today in the national football league (NFL), and the national basketball association (NBA). This era saw unprecedented economic growth with the consumer demand for some things like automobiles, telephones, and electricity. But on a more serious note the 18th amendment was added to the United states Constitution in 1919. This prohibited all intoxicating liquor, and alcoholic beverages. This sad era became known later as "Prohibition". This brought an entire new set of problems onto the world stage. People had a continued desire for alcohol right along. Instead of alleviating the social problem, it opened the door for gangsters like Chicago's Al Capone, and New York City's Lucky Luciano with the rise of the speakeasy.
Speakeasy operators notoriously bribed the police to either give them notice of a raid, or leave them alone and not bother them. Violent lawlessness erupted with the lack of public support, and the police were unable to enforce this law. Eventually politicians realized that this was not a winnable situation, and the law was reversed and repealed. Today with tougher DWI laws, cigarette bans in restaurants, bars and public places, and the increasing problem with prescription and illegal drugs are we heading back down this road once again? The roaring twenties which turned into the golden twenties, came to it's inevitable conclusion in 1929 with the wall street crash that sparked a worldwide great depression.
I decided to write a hub on this topic after I was looking at a calendar, and suddenly realized just how close we were again to another start of the roaring twenties. I completely realize that this may not be another repeat of what occurred in the twentieth century, however we all are really off to a good start on this one once again. Anything is possible in this world, and we are posed today to repeat the history of the past, and only time will tell. It's almost like a the baseball game of life. The score is all tied up, with the last batter up at the plate. He's got a full count with two strikes, and three balls. Something has got to give, or maybe we'll just go to extra innings. Either way something is going to happen at some point. This has just simply been the perspective of one solitary hubber. What do you all think?
Who will forget the two hour live American television special that was broadcast on April 21st 1986 called "The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault". Geraldo Rivera hosted this program which was centered around the opening of a secret vault, once owned by the noted gangster Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. An estimated audience of 30 million watched this program which is perhaps best known for the vault being ultimately empty except for a few empty bottles.
Tiller on July 09, 2013:
Well, the oil/gas boom, free trade treaties being arranged with Europe and in the pacific, in addition to potential immigration reform could lead the US to 5% growth rates. How high and lasting such growth rates would be would depend entirely on immigration though, with higher levels allowing more growth.
The 'lovely' depression afterwards may result from china's demographic implosion, which will become a dismal spiral after reaching"critical mass" around 2030.
As for the music, there is a genre known as "electroswing" that has emerged recently, with "Catgroove" being a prominent song and "Caravan Palace" being a prominent group.
Stephanie Das from Miami, US on June 25, 2012:
This is very interesting. Who knows, maybe the young adults in their twenties will be the next "Silent Generation" and the ones coming up with upturn everything once again.
Priscill Anne Alvik from Schaumburg, IL on June 05, 2012:
This hub gave me much to ponder..thank you for the present! I am not old enough to honor memories of the roaring twenties, but for a long time I have thought we have gone to far and need to take a step back in time to re-adjust and become simpler! Great write!
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 29, 2012:
this is a good possible you are right history does repeat itself. things are happening all over again I am seeing things.. thanks for a great hub
MYWIKISTEP on April 26, 2012:
Life always has its own way. Nicely written/very interesting.
I voted for "think it may have already started."
I will be back to your hubs too...
Heather from Arizona on April 26, 2012:
I wish the roaring 20s would make a comeback, for sure. My husband and I had a roaring 20s themed wedding last year. My bridesmaids were flapper girls and every one of our guests dressed the part. Our reception was in a rumored-to-haunted hotel that was built here in Phoenix in 1928 and our DJ played a ton of 20s hits. It was the most fun I ever had, and well of course it was my wedding, but it would have been so dull had it not been a 20s theme.
Jennifer Stone from the Riverbank, England on April 26, 2012:
I love the fashion, music and dancing from that era, and there are many clubs popping up all over the world celebrating just that, where you can get all dressed up flapper and dapper and dance to swing music! Maybe it is going to happen again, but with a modern twist... Great hub, thanks!
irob on April 24, 2012:
What comes around, goes around. Over and over again. Look at fashion, constantly recycling
marshacanada from Vancouver BC on April 23, 2012:
Thanks for this interesting Hub.I love art deco-hope it comes back.
David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 22, 2012:
Very interesting and thought-provoking question. I don't think the 20's will be roaring back for two reasons. 1) We saw no such celebration after Vietnam, where we'd been dumping money and men for years, and 2) There was such relief that the "War to End All Wars" was over, combined with a hedonistic release energy, that will be hard to reproduce. I don't think people believe the "end of war" is really possible. People aren't really aware of the war in Afghanistan anyway-- it's so completely and absolutely censored, and, frankly, most people don't know what our soldiers are going through. Anyway, that's my two cents.
Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on April 22, 2012:
Those flappers were pretty cool, but I doubt that is the direction we are headed. The end of our current wars seem to promise a lot of vets with no jobs unless things get moving the right way again. Our exports are up a lot though and this country rebounds well. It will be interesting to see what it is that does happen. Up & interesting!
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on April 22, 2012:
It is my highest hope that all the nations can reflect upon history and learn from our past mistakes and move forward with new creative solutions for the future.
Dianna Mendez on April 22, 2012:
The economic growth factor would certainly be a great welcome. The music then was quite different and don't see it reviving in true form. I enjoy the books and movies of that era, as you wrote, gangster stories were introduced from this time of life. Interesting read.
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on April 22, 2012:
Fascinating hub and I think you have made many interesting points.
One of the main ones perhaps is the comparison between prohibition of alcohol and modern drug usage. I think the fact that drugs are illegal opens up an underworld that is impossible to stop. In some cases it's also more dangerous for users as there can be no control over what substances are mixed with each other. Personally, I think there is something to be said for adults being able to make their own choices, at least about certain drugs. After all alcohol, nicotine and many other modern day habits are full of drugs anyway.
The early 20th century really interests me and it must have been quite an exciting time to live. We can see the real beginnings of our present world and the future from a 1920s persepctive must have been an exciting one - albeit two world wars erupted to crush many dreams perhaps.
This was a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining read and I think you might well be onto something when you suggest that history may repeat itself - time will tell! Great hub + voted up!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 22, 2012:
Voted up and interesting. A very thought provoking hub. I wasn't around for the first Roaring 20s so it leaves that question would it be so bad if they repeated again? Passing this on.
Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 21, 2012:
Without giving my true age away, I am starting to see things happening again that I had seen before in my youth. So I believe the Roaring 20s could easily happen again. The circumstances may be different, but only by degrees.
Voted up and interesting. Socially shared.