Flapper In The 1920s

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Christina Valentin History 108 The Flapper: More than a Pretty Face In the 1920’s there were a few revolutions, but none as everlasting as the female revolution that was the flapper. It is hard to imagine that so many people influenced her in different ways. From the way she dressed to the things she did, the flapper was conceived by the world around her. What is more amazing is that she has left a mark that has transcended throughout the decades. Joshua Zeitz’s work is an homage to the women who have changed the world forever with their sense of style, lacking regard for morals and manners, and their desire for freedom. The main contributors to the flapper were F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre. They first met each other…show more content…
Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks, played a big part in influencing the young girls of the twenties, being that they literally played the flapper on the silver screen. After watching them in great movies like Ella Cinders, Wings, or Pandora’s Box, there wasn 't a girl out there that did not want to bob her hair, wear silk stockings, or go out and party. When you mention going out and partying, you can not do so without bringing up Lois Long, the famous reporter for “The New Yorker” hired to go to Jazz clubs at night and report about her outings in the morning. Her reports were honest and lively. During an interview a few years later she stated, “ There was a reckless atmosphere we responded to. We women had been emancipated and we weren 't sure what we were supposed to do with all the freedom and equal rights, so we were going to hell laughing and…show more content…
Joshua show us that the flapper was more or less a victim of circumstance. With all the new advances in technology and the reforms of the world, it was only a matter of time before women decided that they needed some independence as well. Immigrants coming in the country left and right, people of color fighting for their human rights, and men fighting for their country. They began to smoke, drink and have sex because it was their life, they wanted to vote, own property and obtain any job they wanted because it was their right, they did not want to dress in their mother’s attire and not all of them wanted to have children because it was their body. The 1920’s were revolutionary for the woman and Mr. Zeitz puts it all into perspective with his
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