The Great Gatsby

1918-1929

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Ford Model T manufactured

1908 - 1927

Revolutionary invention that brought the working man's dream of car ownership into a reality. The first car created for the use of the ordinary man, it was affordably, practical and durable.

WW1 ends

1918

World War I ends before Second Lieutenant Fitzgerald ever leaves the U.S. His failure to see foreign combat will forever be one of Fitzgerald's greatest regrets.

Black Sox Scandal

1919

In 1919, Arnold Rothstein, a well-known New York gangster, worked with eight members of the White Sox to "fix" the World Series. In exchange for losing the Series, Rothstein would provide the gambling connections to make the players rich. In The Great Gatsby, the character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on Arnold Rothstein.

Prohibition

1920 - 1933

Prohibition was the period in United States history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was outlawed. It was a time characterized by speakeasies, glamor, and gangsters who made fortunes as bootleggers, selling illegal alcohol in America from abroad.

Economic Boom

1920 - 1929

Due to the destruction of the European economies in the Great War, the sudden technological advancements and easily accessible energy resources, prosperity and consumerism spread throughout the USA. This lead to the mass advertising and materialistic sensibilities of the 1920s.

'Fatty' Arbuckle Scandal

1921

Release of the frist talking picture - The Jazz Singer

1927

Wallstreet Crash

1929

The 'Roaring 20s' ends as the Great Depression begins

F. Scott. Fitzgerald

US Army Service

1917

Receives commission as infantry 2nd Lieutenant

Marries Zelda Sayre

1920

Birth of Daughter Scottie Fitzgerald

1921

The Great Gatsby published

1925