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It's not as if I'm going to get 5 C's anyway.
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and keeping my writing neat at the same time.
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Thirteen-thirty-seven wrote:A tip for French listening: read the questions beforehand, and make sure you know what to listen out for.
I have found some information on the ecopnomic boom in the 1920s for you. I hope it helps:
America was in a fortunate position as the First World War ended. The war had not directly damaged American society and it had led to increased demand for American goods. This resulted in the rapid growth of industry and farming. The economy grew even faster when the war ended.
The keys to America's economic boom were technological progress and increased consumer demand. Businesses began to make huge profits.
Industrial production virtually doubled in the 1920s.
Between 1919 and 1920:
America's gross national product (GNP) grew from $78 billion to $103 billion.
The number of households with a radio rose from 60,000 to 10 million.
The number of people filing income tax returns for earnings of more than $1 million a year rose from 65 to 513.
The number of airline passengers grew from less than 6000 in 1926, to approximately 173,000 in 1929.
The economic boom affected society. Jobs were easy to find and were better paid than before. There was a clear link between prosperity and social change. For example, as middle-class women became better off they enjoyed greater social freedom - they wore make-up, shorter skirts and smoked in public.
Above all, the motor industry (automobiles) grew rapidly. As the cars poured off the production lines there was a need for more rubber to make tyres, glass for windscreens and leather for seats. The man behind the rise of the motor industry was Henry Ford.
Isolationism - the republican government under President Harding (1921-3) and President Coolidge (1923-9) kept out of foreign affairs, and limited foreign competition by imposing high import tariffs. This meant that American companies could make more money, because they didn't have to lower prices to compete with foreign firms.
Technology - especially in the electrical, chemicals and film industries. New businesses were set up to make the new products which had been invented. These new businesses created jobs and wealth.
Mass production - especially in the automobile industry. This meant that many goods could be produced cheaply. This meant the goods cost less, so more people could afford to buy them. This meant that spending increased, so businesses made more money.
Hire purchase - allowed people to purchase new gadgets such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines and refrigerators. Borrowing increased the amount of money available to spend, and, therefore, the demand for goods.
Shares - firms learned to raise money for expansion by selling shares on the Stock Exchange - this was to cause problems later.
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