Monday, 28 December 2015

The Roaring 20's

The Roaring 1920's was a historically significant time period in Canada's history. After the World War 1, the Canadian economy began to grow the lifestyles of Canadians were changing. Since the war had ended, many people thought of this time as a recovery and celebration stage. Canada had gained respect for their efforts in the war and had even started to gain some independence. Canadians also began to develop a new lifestyle after the war that was fairly similar to the British ways and culture. There was newly arising opportunities in many cities across Canada which caused many people to move and settle down in these cities. This is a good example of something we see a lot today and historical perspective. When people see a good opportunity for themselves or their families, they will take it. For example, the city of Waterloo is well known for technology. Therefore we attract a lot of technological workers to our area. The film talked about how there was many new factories being built and many new manufactured goods were being made and bought. There was a lot of money being circulated which was good for the economy and also put manufacturers in a very good and comfortable place. Along with this, there were great advances to technology at the time. This lead to the popularization of products such as radios.  These were historically significant factors that led to the economic boom in Canada in the 1920's.
However not all was well for everyone. Many people had a hard time adjusting after the war was over including veterans, woman working on the home front and people who had lost loved ones in the war.  Many veterans had to wait as long as up to many months to return home due to the large amount of people away fighting. Finally when they did return, there was many difficulties they had to face. While they were away at war, the pricing for housing had steeped significantly and many found it hard to find affordable housing. Also jobs were hard to find and so was the training needed for specialized jobs. However the hardest adjustments had to be made by the veterans that had been injured during the war. For example the loss of a limb would require you to have to learn to newly adapt to your surroundings and this is a great example of cause and consequence. The members of the home front also had a big adjustment to make but it mainly just affected the woman. Woman had been used as factory workers during the war. However, when the men returned home from the war many woman were forced to go back to their old jobs of being a house worker. This job obviously did not pay and was not really considered a job. As you can probably assume, many people who had lost a family member or loved one in the war had a lot of adjusting to do. It was a tough situation and required a lot of healing and time.
After playing the game I learned that since Canadian Culture had been revolutioned, life for both men and women at home was fairly comfortable and peaceful after the war. Certain opportunities were now becoming equal for both men and women in the workplace. This also lead to the positive change in equal rights where almost all woman in Canada had the right to vote by the end of the 1920's which is an excellent example of continuity and change. Fashion was all the rage in the 1920's. Men enjoyed wearing their dress pants while woman discovered skin tight one piece bathing suits. As well, sources of entertainment were far more plentiful in the 1920's. Things such as magic acts and dog shows became much more common and people were enjoying themselves more often. To add to all this fun being had, there was many more Canadians attending University and graduating with a degree. These new and positive ways of thinking lead to a much more enjoyable life for Canadians during the 1920's. 

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