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A Time of Unrest

The United States changed so quickly during the 1920s  it was difficult for citizens to adjust. Because of this, it was an exciting time in history, but it was also in many ways a time of unrest.

When World War I ended in 1918, the U.S. economy began to slump. Millions of soldiers came home from the war and had to compete for jobs. Many companies that had supplied wartime goods went out of business or had to lay off workers.

The economic slump lasted about 2 years, then it leveled out and began to rise. From 1922 on, the economy soared and did extremely well for most of the decade.