Why Is It Called the Roaring Twenties?

The decade beginning with 1920 in the United States is commonly referred to as the Roaring Twenties because it was a time of extreme and often excessive celebration and advancement. The term “roaring” speaks to the loud, exciting and exuberant events of the era.

During the beginning of the 20th century, America experienced a social revolution that drastically altered everyone’s way of living. As manufacturing and farming became easier with the use of machines, more goods were available for purchase. The boom in business also led to more jobs and thus more people with money to spend on the newly manufactured goods. By the time the 1920s were underway, the positive effects of this revolution were in full effect. More people owned cars, major cities had grown and increased in population, and countless new inventions came into being to further improve daily life.

There was a general feel of positivity and happiness throughout the country, mainly fueled by the influx on money from those involved in the newly expanding businesses. There were frequent parties being held in cities such as New York and New Orleans, characterized by excess and opulence. The opulence was in part a reaction to newly imposed prohibition laws, which outlawed the sale and consumption of alcohol.