Douglas Historical Society to open new exhibit
The 1920s burst into history defiant of the past and eager for the future. Tired of the war and its restrictions and angry and horrified at the death of so many young men in the muddy trenches in France, the younger generation threw aside the fashions, traditions, and values of their Victorian predecessors. Women were gaining more independence: they had already won the right to vote and during WWI many had found the satisfaction of work outside the drudgery of the home. They did away with heavy corsets, shortened their skirts and bobbed their hair. A great many even defied Prohibition and the repressive proscriptions of their parents to smoke and drink publically and dance to risqué music in the speakeasies and backroom clubs of the Jazz Age 20s.