Though only a decade apart the 1920’s and the 1930’s were extremely different. The 1920’ was called the roaring twenties due to the exuberant lifestyles during the decade. The 1930’s was called the Great Depression because unemployment was high and there was a severe drought that damaged the agriculture industry. The 1920’s and the 1930’s were also similar in little ways such as entertainment.
Primary sources are evidence written by people who witnessed or experienced the events that happened. Primary sources can be government documents, oral histories, memoirs, biological evidence, and paintings. They were created at the period when the events were occurring. The most useful primary sources are the ones that were created the most recently to the time period that the historian is reaching. Histories should assess their validity carefully because not all primary sources are true.
Since early ages, mothers have always criticized the ways their daughters acted. In the 1920s criticisms were taken a step further by the flappers, who completely revolutionized the view on females. Flappers in the 1920s had an impact on women for the future. Who they were, what they wore, and what their morals were was how their impacts changed the future for all the females. “The term "flapper" originated in the 1920s and refers to the fashion trend for unfastened rubber galoshes that "flapped" when walking, an attribution reinforced by the image of the free-wheeling flapper in popular culture.”
The 1920’s – a decade frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” – flourished with great social and political change. During this period, the wealth of America doubled, changing the lives of the regular working class and establishing a new consumer culture (“The Roaring Twenties”). Along with this new American society emerged the “New Woman.” This prominent female figure was independent, educated, and often uninterested in traditional female roles such as marriage and motherhood (“The Roaring Twenties”). The New Woman was mirrored in the flapper, which is arguably the most recognizable icon of the 1920’s.
Flappers beat the old stereotype that smoking, drinking, and one night stands were just for boys. Before a Flappers woman had to be societies imagine of a perfect woman, they had to be nice and don’t drink, smoke or sleep around. Girls smoking and drinking wasn’t publicly acceptable and finding out a woman slept with more than one guy, she would be labeled as a whore. A guy would never be labeled in a negative way; they would be encouraged to continue to act that way, they would be the “Man” and admired by their buddies. Flappers made it possible for women today to express Themselves and enjoy life without being judge.
The 1920s carried much change in society. Some of these changes were more rights for women, jazz music, and prohibition. The people of the 1920s were disillusioned by society lacking in idealism and vision, sense of personal alienation, and Americans were obsessed with materialism and outmoded moral values (The Roaring Twenties).Cultural changes were strongly influenced by the destruction of World War I ending 1918. America needed to recover and with it youth rebelled against the norms of the older generations.
Down the bustling city street, behind the doors of a crowded speakeasy exists a new brand of women. Under the smoke of cigars, past the bar lined with half filled martini glasses, in the middle of the dance floor a vibrant young woman bounces around on the balls of her feet in a dazzling ruby-red dress with blonde bobbed hair. With her short hair and rolled stockings she appears to be nothing more than a simple minded and free spirited girl, but is there more to her than meets the eye? Under the dazzling dresses and rolled stockings is a woman.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is widely considered to be a masterpiece, both at the time it was originally published, and now. However, people’s views and comments on the work became drastically different over time. When the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, the judging committee stated that it presented “the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.” (McCrum) On the contrary, today, in many people’s opinions, this novel became an ironic criticism on the old American society and culture. It is easy for us to see the wrong things in that old New York as presented in the story: the double standard for women, the hypocrisy that infects almost the entire upper-class society, and
When a new year starts people set goals for that year; Some decide to get new habits others decide to get rid of old ones, some people decide to accomplish old goals and other only to get better. From 1946 to 1959 America pass for several changes. People were fearless and more modern, and start to accept things such as birth-control, fast foods, and had the culture emerge. In a mix of good and bad choices America saw itself gaining a new face and becoming a different country.
While reading Kathryn Walbert’s essay on primary sources I learned many important things. The first thing I learned was that primary sources are anything created for the purpose of studying that was created in historical times. The second thing I learned is that primary sources are important to read about because they are very important keys to what life was like in the past. This is very important because it gives you an in depth understanding of how life was and gives you more information on what you are trying to study. The third thing that I learned was that simply because something is made now from the historical time period doesn’t make that item a primary source.
Flappers in the 1920’s, were the party goers of the decade. When women were given the right to vote women thought if men can go out all night, drinking, partying and sleeping with whoever they wanted, women could too. The styles of their clothes and hair changed drastically from the early 1900’s to the 1920’s. The hair of the 1900’s was long locks of Victorian women, but when equal rights were allowed women cut their long hair into a Bobbs. The clothes of the 1900’s were long and elegant, touching the ground, but the same thing happened.
The Effect of Flappers on American Society and the Perception of Women It is no question that the women of modern American society differ greatly from the women of preceding generations. Until the passage of the 19th amendment, women were not considered equals by the standards of the United States government, and social controversy continued long after. A large contributor to the progression in the area of women’s equality was a group of liberated and notorious women known as Flappers. These women drifted from social norms regarding women in American Society. In the 1920’s United States, the controversial conduct and morality of flappers led to a new generation of independent women, who made significant advancements in women’s social and
Although many historians believe that there was a negative impact of industrialization and technological changes on American society; however, the positive impact of the two factors overpowers the negative impact on American society economically and socially between the time period of 1900 to 1930. Economically, there were positive impacts on American society due to the industrialization and technological changes that the nation was undergoing. In Theodore Roosevelt’s “The New Nationalism” 1910, he points out that no man in American society can be a good citizen because of the wage he makes that isn't ample enough to cover the bare cost of living, and the hours of labor are too long which doesn't give him energy and time to bear his share