After World War I drew to close, American servicemen returned home, and life went back to normal. However, the war had empowered several minorities, including women and African Americans. After a short recession, America entered a time of economic prosperity, which, coupled with the manufacturing might of the country, led to an unbridled period of consumerism. This consumerism, along with the social movements of the time led to the era being known as the “Roaring Twenties”. During this period, several important social movements took place. For women, the flappers represented an end to the repressive social mores of traditional American culture and gave women a voice louder than they had ever previously had. The movement eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in America the right to vote for the first time in its history. For African Americans, the Harlem Renaissance was an artistic movement that gave African Americans a strong voice in shaping American culture. The Roaring Twenties were also a time of much illicit activity, as Prohibition forced people who imbibed alcohol to do so secretly, often at clubs called speakeasies. Despite the veneer of beauty and excitement of the Roaring Twenties, the flashiness of the era in truth hid many severe problems that the nation would be confronted with during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.