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I. Attention Getter: Times are rough, why dont we think about times that are better
than ours the 1920s.
II. Establish Credibility: I have often been fascinated with this time period, along with
every other hipster out there. I have read history books and articles that focus...
III. Relate to Audience: I understand what you are thinking. Why would I want to
know about the 20s, what can I get out of it?
IV. Preview: In the next few minutes I will be discussing the Roaring 20s. Cant touch
base on every subject and how they relate to todays society but I will discuss a few
major subjects such as women, music, and prohibition.
I. Main Point: Women are a huge part of society (Hit slide)
A. Sub-point: At the beginning of the 1920s women were going through the
suffrage and it wasnt until August It has become the cornerstone of
American Women and has changed their lives forever.
1. According to NCPedia women of the 1920s started to take a bigger
role in politics, didnt want to stayat home, wanted to get an
education, obtain a job be involved with the growing technological
2. In Pamela Horns novel The Women in 1920s it talks about flapper
girls, style, their rebellious activity, and how other women opposed
alcohol and brought up a whole movement leading to prohibition.
B. Sub-point: Since the 1920s women have path of success. not only are
involved outside of the home but have been very influential all walks of
government from, school boards, to running for president. Women capable of
many things.
1. In the article written by Amy Byrd from Relevant Magazine she
states that women nowadays do not need a man to rely on. more
independent. being a 25 year old, educated, traveled, social, single
woman is a norm lately. emerge with the flapper girls.
2. The book Public and Private Families gives statistics on women in the
workplace. Women now cover 46% of all those in the workplace where
as in the 1900s that number just barely equated to 20%. (Graph Slide)
II. Main Point: Music styles change from 20s to today. (Hit slide)
A. Sub-point: The Music of the modern age has always received a bad

1. There are critics/parents out there who are not satisfied with modern
forgotten about their childhood and their rebellion by listening to hard
rock and roll?
2. However, the beauty of music of today is that with this new
technology, music has so many more options than it did before.
B. Sub-point: The Jazz in the 20s was viewed the same way. (Hit slide)
1. Even though there are articles and history books praising the
wonders of jazz music, blamed jazz for influencing the desire for booze
and crime. (Hit slide)
2. The two major styles of music of that time was jazz and vocal music.
I mean who wouldnt enjoy such classics such as, Every Boy loves
Mary or My Candy Baby?
no brainer that teenagers and young adults fled to the sensation of
III. Main-Point: History repeats itself
A. Sub-point: Back in the 1920s prohibition was over alcohol and its
relevance to crime, domestic violence, and sin.
1. In the book the Economics of Prohibition it details the feelings of the
people in the 20s in accordance to alcohol and violence.
2. In the Cato Institutes Analysis they graph that homicide rates
increased dramatically throughout the period of Prohibition.
B. Sub-point: Nowadays the new prohibition is dependent on marijuana.
1. Coming up in the election of 2012 in Oregon ballot measure 80 is
up for voting. Its goal legalize the growing of marijuana to a
regulated crop for public sale.
2. In the MSNBC video they give facts on how regulating marijuana will
save Oregonians more than $60 million a year, keep dangerous
offenders in prison and marijuana arrests minimum.
I. Transition Signal: In conclusion I have briefly described the relevance of the
transition between the 1920s and the modern day society.
II. Summary of Main Point: I have described how women then and now are the same
and different, and musics similarities through decades, and how prohibition spread
to now with different subject matters.

III. Call to Action: Whats funny about the 1920s is that they were a generation that
lived in the present and only cared about living in the present. Sort of like our time
is now.
IV. Memorable End: As Ernest Hemmingway wrote in his famous novel The Sun Also
Rises wrote: You only live once.