BUILDING OF THE EMPIRE
1. THE DYNAMO
The 1920’s were in many ways the formative years of modern American society. In that decade the country became truly urban in its economic base, and subsequently in its way of thinking, its ideals, and its heroes.
For some, it was a desperate age, when men wished only to soothe their wounds and forget their scars, to leave to nightmares the madness of World War I. For others, it was a futile age, of attempting to pick up the pieces of a world shattered by the war no one wanted yet everyone endured. For all, it was a frenzied age, with Victorian morals overwhelmed by raccoon coats and the dancing heels of the wild Charleston, the speakeasy’s “rap three times and walk in slowly” becoming the hallmark of ...