It was a time of Prohibition and jazz. Gang wars raged across Chicago for control of the bootleg liquor trade and Hollywood stars stepped willingly into fresh cement outside a new theater to become living legends. Babe Ruth was swatting baseballs at a record pace and Jack Dempsey was knocking heavyweights to the canvas. H.L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore, made sense of the scene at the Scopes Monkey Trial, where evolution confronted creationism, and radio brought the sounds of the wider world into our living rooms. Auburn and Duesenburg were building classic cars as silent Cal Coolidge sat in the White House, and Wall Street's "Black Tuesday" brought this prosperous age to a close. It is a decade that still roars romantically in the American memory.
Ten Historic Sites from the Roaring 20's