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The flying and the baseball are the two major themes Bryson threads through this outline of a summer when An extraordinary era The decade started with possibly America’s worst president assuming office, and ended with the great crash which launched the Depression of the1930s.
In between time America lived up to Leonard Cohen’s later judgement as being It was a time of larger than life characters: Al Capone, Jack Dempsey, Clara Bow, Bill Tilden, Al Jolson, Lou Gehrig, Herbert Hoover, Texas Guinan and Aimee Semple Mc Pherson, to name a few, as well as Lindbergh and Ruth.
There were amazing things happening: ~ prohibition was theoretically the law, but alcohol consumption actually increased ~ there were devastating flooding along the Mississippi and its tributaries in 1927, and an area the size of Scotland was under water ~ cars, radio and movies came of age, and television was invented ~ The Ku Klux Klan had a major revival, and bigotry and racism were rampant ~ anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted of murder in 1920 and executed seven years later despite world-wide condemnation ~ it was a time for flappers, jazz men, crime bosses and prophets.
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The judge added: 'The claim arises from events at Mr Holyoake's home in Ibiza in the summer of 2010.