The Soaring Twenties

If you have been paying attention, you can see that the 2020s are going to be special.

Similar to the Roaring Twenties (from 1920-1929), there is another “Cultural Civil War” going on:

“These conflicts–what one historian has called a “cultural Civil War” between city-dwellers and small-town residents, Protestants and Catholics, blacks and whites, “New Women” and advocates of old-fashioned family values–are perhaps the most important part of the story of the Roaring Twenties.”


“In the Roaring Twenties, a surging economy created an era of mass consumerism, as Jazz-Age flappers flouted Prohibition laws and the Harlem Renaissance redefined arts and culture.”

From 1920 to 1929, North America and parts of Europe, were experiencing dramatic social political change – sound familiar?

The Soaring Twenties

I first heard of the concept of the ‘Soaring Twenties” from novelist, essayist, and Soaring Twenties apologist – Thomas J. Bevan.

Like the 1920s, the 2020s are going to see mass cultural conflict and celebration.

There seems to be an increase in feelings of uneasiness and uncertainty, permeating social media lately. A change is a coming.

People are having these feelings because of the global pandemic (lockdowns, loss of income, etc.) and the US presidential election. A beautiful recipe for change.

But, behind the scenes, the world is being recreated:

Thomas has tapped into something special here. There will be many more examples of the Soaring Twenties still to come. Are you paying attention?


2 responses to “The Soaring Twenties”

  1. It’s also worth noting that The Roaring Twenties were also presaged by The Spanish Flu, a world wide pandemic.

    I’m not saying history repeats, but it does seem to rhyme.

    And thanks for the kind mention of my work in this piece.


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    1. Good point, that’s a great observation – both decades experienced a global pandemic.

      Funny you should mention that, I’ve been thinking about the concept of “History repeats itself”. In order to repeat something, every aspect of that situation must be in the exact same order. Or it wouldn’t be the same thing, therefore noting repeated. But I do get the idea that history can have a rhythm or “rhyme” as you said. When it comes to humans, we tend to fall into the same types of patterns. I suppose “History repeats itself” is more of a guideline.


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