Roaring Twenties In America, the 1920’s was remembered as a decade of great social and political change. The prosperity of the twenties seemed to temporarily fix the nation’s problems, but by the end of this flourishing time period the nation hit an emotion of pessimism as a crash of the economy took place. The “Roaring Twenties” consisted of a change fashion, social and political life, the fight for and against prohibition, and the rise and collapse of the economy. There were also many influential people who helped shape the everyday lives of those now in urban areas.
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.
This surge in power and radical thought had led to a change in pace from a once rather peaceful United States since the American Civil War, and with it came the idea of cultural assimilation as foreign involvement in United States affairs had dramatically increased. Such as with soldiers coming back for foreign regions as well as nurses who had been subject to other societal norms as they had been tending soldiers from the other allied powers including much more liberal Britain, France and other European regions. With this foreign cultural involvement there has been new ideas engrained in the minds of these returning individuals such as of the red scare as well as the notion of more women’s rights, as the soldiers they had been fighting along included those of the British and Russian descent in which had either been in their infancy stages of women's rights or had
The 1920s was filled with a lot of progression among society. This progression did not leave the women of the 1920s out. Women became more sexually liberated, more women began to work, and women were also given the right to vote. The 1920s are one of the most stereotyped decades in America. Not only were the 1920s stereotyped as a whole, but women we hugely stereotyped.
The neighborhood was a strong and significant location of economic boom after the American Civil War because of the labor force that was present during the time. Italians, Jews and most notably, African Americans, came to Harlem in order to take advantage of this economic boom by working in
The United States experienced great changes of immigration from the 1880s to 1920. More immigrants were coming into America during this period. There were many reasons motivating immigrants to journey to America. There were different reasons that led immigrants to come into the United States. For example some came running away from religious persecution, other for oppression, and economic difficulties.
Women at this time had many advantages, they were becoming free. Now they were able to vote which was a good turning point for them. Birth control was becoming more available for them as well, which meant fewer children. Although women had many rights in the 1920s many were identified as a sexual icon, the “flapper”. Flappers were described as outspoken, unladylike, free spirited, females.
Some of them included Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Jimmy Lunceford. Interestingly enough, because of the popularity of the music, African Americans were able to produce music and bring it into white society for them to listen to. These African American musicians also influenced many of the white musicians as well. White jazz musicians had taken inspiration from black jazz music for many years, but because of swing, they became even more deeply devoted to integrating this music to blacks and whites. Benny Goodman was one of these white musicians.
During the 1920s Americans were questioning whether to stick with the traditional views on life or go with the new modern views. The 1920s or the Roaring Twenties was a period in American history in which the economy grew massively, new inventions and ideas came about, and values were changing. Americans in the 1920s were divided by two very different viewpoints, traditional views like prohibiting alcoholic beverages in the United States and the belief in fundamentalism, however, the modern views of the new flapper and the theory of evolution were more appealing to Americans and would eventually transform American values because the ideas were new and it was an act of rebellion against their parents. Traditional Americans believed that
The new form of popular entertainment really kept the 1920’s quite entertained from their political songs, broadsides, dance music, and piano music; how could one be bored? (Funk and Wagnalls) During this era several things began to gain attention, but a couple things in particular really shined through all the pieces coming out in the wave of notoriety. The popular considered to be the “happy-go-lucky,” melodies that centered a lot of popular favorites were coming from a composer of the name Tin Pan Alley. Some of the melodies that were popular were: Whispering, Wang Wang Blues, Wabash Blues, Linger Awhile, Who, My Blue Heaven, Sonny Boy, The Prisoner 's Song, April Showers, My Mammy, Dreamy Melody, and
The decade of the 1920’s - 1930’s was an era of a drastic change in fashion. Women fashion changed dramatically; however, their hemlines rose , make-up began to get popular, and their hairstyles became shorter. “The notorious flapper girl is known by all and the short sleek hair, above the knee straight shift dress and the boyish figure will never fail to be remembered.¨ (www.catwalkyourself.com) Women had a more masculine look , but playful applied make-up onto their face. They rocked short bobbed hairstyles usually for men, and rebelliously demonstrated them in public. They began to develop a more sleek and slim look in the 1920’s.
During the 1920s, Word War I had just ended and people were ready to celebrate. Although 1920 had its good times and perks, some bad things were going on, like cultural clashes. The first major cultural clash was the Great Migration. The Great Migration is known as the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural south to the urban north cities. The second major cultural clash was the national origins act.
Many people come from vast variety of cultures that consists of different ideas and beliefs. In today’s culture we tend to live in a fast paced, growing environment. Sexism has been very controversial topic for decades and gender roles have been changed drastically throughout the past decades. People in America in the 1930’s were very conservative and had strict rules and ideas that had to be followed. The moment a male or a female did anything out of their gender’s role; it was misunderstood and looked upon as a sin.