Many Americans spent the 1920s in a great mood. Investors flocked to a rising stock market. Companies launched brand-new, cutting-edge products, like radios and washing machines. Exuberant Americans kicked up their heels to jazz music, tried crazy stunts, and supported a black market in liquor after Prohibition. A popular expression of the time asked, “What will they think of next?”
Browse some photographs from “the age of permanent prosperity.”
Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.
in 1931, Grace Hubbard Fortescue received a one-hour sentence for murdering a local Hawaiian accused of raping her daughter.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.