The rise of the flapper was an effect of many different aspects, including: World War I, women pushed into the workforce, changes in morals, prohibition, technology advances, and even jazz. Some of the American citizens were very quick to judge flappers, but in reality they were only indulging in fun activities that American men had been involved with for ages (DiPaolo). Even though the flapper was a very popular icon for the women in the 20s, most of the time the average woman couldn’t afford to dress and act in the ways that flappers did. The lifestyle was far too expensive and took up most of one’s free time. However, the fashion didn’t go unnoticed and was eventually integrated into clothing that could be purchased at all income levels (“Women in the 1920s”).
Now, people didn’t have to wait for the daily paper to look at ads, they wouldn’t have to go any farther than switching the television on and sitting in their living room. There was new music hitting the streets and, although, not everyone appreciated the music it sure made a bang in the 1950’s. A new music era was becoming more and more popular, it was called Rock and Roll. By 1955, Little Richard, was an up and coming Rock and Roller from the south. The progress of music from earlier years to the mid 1950’s was great.
The 1919 World Series was a disaster that was waiting to happen. There were many aspects to the events of the World Series that were caused by the unfair treatment of the players and current world events. This appeared to be the height of the United States and life for many Americans was the best it has ever been. The economy was booming and no one had the thought of crime or corruption coming near them and their families. The art of baseball had been one of the first recreational activities that Americans could watch and play in their leisure time.
America was a place where the rich kept getting richer and the poor getting poorer, If you had lost your job it was nearly impossible to find another one. In 1933 nearly 25% of people did not have a job but by the year 1945 it was around 2%. Roosevelt had created numerous organizations to supply America with Jobs. Some of these Organizations were the T.V.A., the FDIC, and the NRA. People would travel far and wide to search for a job no matter the cost.
The world-wide famous book which later turned into a movie, The Great Gatsby, sticks to the time setting very well. F. Scott Fitzgerald sets “The Great Gatsby” in the 1920’s. The twenties was an age of dramatic social and political change. However, when most people think of the twenties they think of the big, crazy, wild parties they had. The Jazz Age is a movement in the twenties in which jazz music became popular.
Leisure time in the 1920’s also included going to the beach, sporting events, and Coney Island. Movie theaters would be packed to maximum capacity with locals trying to see their favorite movie stars. The middle class was not as reliant on watching the time with all the new time saving advances including cars and home appliances. Newspapers were manufactured much faster and if you got your ad in one, you could spread your product to thousands
Newspapers, films, and radio stories allowed people across America to follow sporting events, trials, disasters, actors, and other subjects (Jarmul). Many families used the radio as a time of bonding, and people across America could share the same jokes. Labor-saving devices decreased the amount of housework that needed to be done, resulting in families having more free time to spend with each other and listen to the radio (“The Decade that
Some of the first allusions of this kind are of popular musicians at the time, Jimmy Ryan and Zutty Singleton, and their songs. Dillard mentions that jazz music was just becoming popular at the time, and that these names were common in her household, and with her family being a very average family, these names were most likely household throughout most of the heavily inhabited parts of the United states. Another musician, even more well-known that he others she mentioned, is Frank Sinatra. He is brought up by Dillard , most likely to achieve the same effect of creating a picture in her reader's mind of what society was like at the
They are passed down, interpreted different ways by each person that hears them, and can change the entire course of someone’s life. Music can have the same the same impact. In the 1920’s, Jazz and the blues became increasingly popular because of the freeing feeling young people got from listening and dancing to it. The new sound was shunned by the older generation because of the ““vulgarity” and “depravity” (and the “moral disasters” it supposedly inspired), but many in the younger generation loved the freedom they felt on the dance floor.” (History.com Staff) This type of music has lasted through almost a hundred years now, and still brings people the same freeing feeling it did when it was first discovered. Jazz is a type of music that is improvised.
I believe that there are plenty of both similarities and differences between the teenagers of the 1950’s and the 21 century. During the 50’s middle class youths were given opportunities that the generations before them hadn’t had. During this time money seemed to go further, and so both adults and kids had more spending money than ever before. People not only had more economic freedom, but they also had more free time to spend on frivolous interests. This included their music.