Party Like it's 1920: 100 Years Later, Were the 20s Really Roaring?

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If you’ve ever seen movies like The Great Gatsby (2013), The Artist (2011) or Chicago (2002), it’s easy to think of the 1920s as one big party. All the nightowls frequently indulged in music, dancing and illegal cocktails with the flappers, shebas and bearcats until daylight — but were the 1920s really that roaring?

Yes, there was an economic boom and a cultural revolution with the invention of some major technologies. However, not everyone had the money to throw Gatsby-level ragers. As we approach the centennial anniversary of the Roaring Twenties, let’s take a look back and see just how wild their lives really were.