[2012] Joseph Curran: Glog

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[2012] Joseph Curran: Glog

Al Capone, known as Scarface, was Chicago's most famous bootlegger and gangster. He controlled most of the alcohol, gambling, and prostitution in the U.S. during the 1920s.

Charlie Chaplin in the hit film , Gold Rush.

U.S. Congress approved the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in December 1917. The amendment prohibited the manufactrue, sale, transportation,import, and export of intoxicating liquors. Prohibition led to gangs and speakeasies.

Speakeasies were illegal bars where people drank alcoholic beverages during Prohibition.

As women gained more freedom, their attitudes changed. Flappers were women who loved freedom and fun. They wore short skrts and had short hair. They enjoyed dancing the Charleston, listening to jazz, smoking cigarettes, and drinking bootleg liquer.

In the 20s marathon dancing was very popular. It was a dance contest that couples entered to win money. They had to dance longer than any other couple. One partner had to be standing at all times. often one dancer would hold up his partner while she slept. Some marathons would go for over a week.

On February 14, 1929, seven men stood waiting in a cold Chicago garage waiting for a load of stolen liquor to arrive. Instead of getting liquor or bouquets, they got bullets. It was the work of gangster leader Al Capone. After the Valentines Day incident people started to fear Capone.

The Lost Generation was a group of writers that rejected what they considered to be narrow-mindeness and materialism following World War 1. the writers consisted of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald plus many more.

Jazz music was one of the most popular and well liked musical styles of the decade. Some famous jazz players were Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong.

For my main topic I chose the 1920's celbraties. In the 20s there were many musicians, actors, and dancers. One of my celebrities I did was Clara Bow, she was an actress known for Wings (1927), The Plastic Age (1925), and her iconic role in the movie "It" (1927) hence the name she given the It girl. Another celebritie i did was " The Sultan of Swat," Babe Ruth. Ruth, one of the greatest baseball hitters that ever lived, won multiple World Series titles. The first person in major league history to record 60 homeruns in one season. The old Yankee Stadium was called " The house that Ruth built." Another celebritie I did was Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. He played cornet, the trumpet and he sang. Louis Armstorg was the first black to host the host a radio show, and he appeared in movies and plays. The last celebritie I did was Charlie Chaplin. Chap lin was an iconic comedian of the 1920s. His big preformance was in the movie The Kid (1921). Chaplin is argueably the funniest person to ever live, even though he never really spoke dialouge. these are the celebrities i did for the 1920s.


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