Cramming for Exams, 1920s Style
The Roaring Twenties has a reputation for being a decade of drinking, dancing, and debauchery, but it wasn’t all fun and games. During the 1920s, college enrollment exploded. Young soldiers returning from World War I and boys who recently graduated from high school viewed college as a viable option, rather than taking menial, low-skill jobs.
It wasn’t just young men either. More and more young women also enrolled in college in the years after World War I. Prior to the war, girls were expected to devote their lives to caring for a husband and children. Young men and women seized the opportunity to further their education by attending college. College in the 1920s looked a lot different than life at today’s universities, as these colorized photos show us.