Saturday, June 27, 2009

The 1920's: America's Golden Age

Woodrow Wilson: Not president in the 20's, but close. Well, kind of. But barely. He had a stroke. And unfortunately, he was a racist.

The man was a potent intellectual, a vivid idealist, and possibly could have prevented World War II with his brainchild, The League of Nations.... If politics and partisan rivalries hadn't stopped the United States from actually joining it. He maintained U.S. neutrality as long as he could during WWI, but didn't lack the kahunas to rush in guns ablaze when the time came, either. I plan to name my son after him.

From Wikipedia (the most reliable source on the internet):

"In the late stages of the war, Wilson took personal control of negotiations with Germany, including the armistice. He issued his Fourteen Points, his view of a post-war world that could avoid another terrible conflict. He went to Paris in 1919 to create the League of Nations and shape the Treaty of Versailles, with special attention on creating new nations out of defunct empires. Largely for his efforts to form the League, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. Wilson collapsed with a debilitating stroke in 1919, as the home front saw massive strikes and race riots, and wartime prosperity turn into postwar depression. He refused to compromise with the Republicans who controlled Congress after 1918, effectively destroying any chance for ratification of the Versailles Treaty. The League of Nations was established anyway, but the United States never joined. Wilson's idealistic internationalism, calling for the United States to enter the world arena to fight for democracy, progressiveness, and liberalism, has been a contentious position in American foreign policy, serving as a model for "idealists" to emulate or "realists" to reject for the following century."

20's Male Swimwear: Not just for smirky college hipsters, but for everyone who did or didn't care how they looked.

It didn't matter if they cared or not. They looked AWESOME.

Flappers: pretty, classy, and fun.

Granted, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been attracted to them had I lived back in the day. I'm holding out for a girl who pretty much eats locusts and wild honey. But still. The style is just so endearingly boyish, yet girly and cute.

Calvin Coolidge: Perhaps the only president who could be considered comparable with Woodrow Wilson.

According to Wikipedia:

"A possibly apocryphal story has it that Dorothy Parker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, 'Mr. Coolidge, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.' His reply: 'You lose.' Coolidge often seemed uncomfortable among fashionable Washington society; when asked why he continued to attend so many of their dinner parties, he replied 'Got to eat somewhere.'"

Calvin Coolidge could've taken Aaron Burr any day.

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