It’s often portrayed as a frivolous time. The dawning of the 1920s in postwar America was marked by changes occurring at lightning speed. Research for my historical mystery series set in the Roaring 20s, led me to tea pads – a place to smoke a joint when price of illegal hooch exceeded the change in your pocketbook.
World War 1 had ended. A generation of men were sacrificed, and people were seeking to throw off the sadness of loss and the horrors of mechanized war. Those who had come of age during this time were labeled ‘A Lost Generation.’
- People were abandoning farm life and flocking to the cities
- The Ku Klux Klan saw a resurgence in membership during the twenties
- People believed the moral fabric of America was rotten
- In January of 1920, Prohibition was passed
- The law made hooch illegal
- Speakeasies flourished
- As a result, the quality of booze dropped and the price rose
- Folks turned to marijuana as a cheaper as an alternative vice
- Tea Pads sprang up all over the larger cities
- Known as hash bars, they resembled opium dens and speakeasies
One famous Jazz musician whose taste for weed has been documented is Louis Armstrong.
‘Gage’ was his nickname for it, and the following is a quote from Mr. Armstrong: