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These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers

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These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers

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The skyscrapers of Manhattan needed a new, bolder type of construction worker. They got them in 'roughnecks - hardened men who worked without safety harnesses, hard hats or even bathroom breaks.

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The 1920s was a decade of unprecedented change for America. Soldiers returned from war. Well-paid jobs were plentiful. Women cast aside "proper behavior," and the Jazz Age erupted. It was an era of vibrant times and colorful characters, but for nearly a century, many have only seen it in black and white, until now. For the first time, we present the Roaring '20s in color, from Ford's assembly line to Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and from speakeasies to New York's Wall Street, before and after the crash.

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