Social Culture In The 1920's

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Throughout the 1920’s, a new era of social culture was emerging in America as it recovered from its involvement in the First World War. Young Americans in the nation's cities rejected social traditions by embracing a modern culture of freedom. America seemed to break its attachments to the recent past and start in a more modern era. Within this era, society was dominated by the desire to express oneself and live lavishly. This new pursuit of freedom displayed within the evolution of teens, the changing roles and morals of women, and an increased obsession with entertainment.
The popularity of celebrities soared during 1921 to 1937. Music, show business and movies were very prominent (Bingham 1). Movies in the 1920’s developed by Edison
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Women were encountering flexibility by being able to earn and spend money on their own (Bingham, “Family life…” 1). The need for working women shot up during the roaring twenties. Women from other countries were willing to work for cheap money; these jobs were very treacherous and time consuming (Hearne 3). Higher paying jobs allowed women to climb the financial and social latter. In the 1920’s women began to work in shopping markets and marketing jobs (Hearne 4). Between 1920-1940, the amount of female workers had almost doubled. 25.4 percent of the jobs women had (Bingham, “The Period…” 1). Young women were beginning to choose an education before marriage. The normality of girls marrying young was no longer in effect (Bingham, “Family life…” 2). Because of the increase in working mothers, children began to undergo the feeling of sovereignty (Johnston…show more content…
The well-liked music of Jazz and hip hop quickly drew the attention of teens (McCormack 1). “The new youth culture also created its own forms of distinct cultural expression, including new haircuts and clothes, and in particular the new rock-and-roll music, led by youth idol Elvis Presley” (Johnston, Sandy, and Amy, Sullivan 10). Kids began to have unregulated play time. More organizations were formed to help the youth interact with each other. The organizations included the Boy scouts and Girl scouts enabling kids to explore and grow on their own (Johnston, Sandy, and Amy, Sullivan 9). Most to all of parents during war time left the work in the defense forces. Kids began to have to provide for themselves without parents around. Many male siblings and or fathers were forced to join the military (Reef

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