flapper 1922

You may have noticed (or you may not have) that each page on this site contains a “tag cloud,” showing an ever-changing group of the subjects I blog about most often. Whenever I do a historical post, which is very often, I’ll tag it with the year it involves, plus the decade, or century if it’s a long time ago. As of now the largest decade tags, meaning the most-used ones, are for the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Usually either the 1950s or 1930s makes an appearance, and sometimes even the 1910s. But the most seldom-used decade cloud on this whole site is for the third decade of the 20th century, the 1920s.

When I realized that, I decided I just had to fix it. The 1920s were one of the strangest, most surprising and most fascinating periods in all of U.S. and world history. The often-heard term “Roaring Twenties” is unique in popular culture–I mean, what other decade has its own tag line? I’ve been looking to do another “theme week” like my Hawaiian History Week (December) and Irish History Week (January), so I decided to do a 1920s history week.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll do a whole week of articles, running in the evenings (with the exception of tomorrow’s article), about various aspects of the 1920s, especially but not exclusively in the USA. The morning post may be given over to other subjects. I haven’t decided 100% on all the topics I’m going to do this week, but rest assured there will be lots of jazz, booze, politics and culture from the decade to feast your eyes on. This is going to be a fun series, so if you like the articles, please feel free to share, like, or reblog as you see fit!