Danger Line Women in the 1920s

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Danger Line Women in the 1920s

The Flourishing of Jazz Jazz was associated with dancing and staged and stayed that way going into the 1920’s. Jazz used to be hard to find outside of New Orleans and a few other cities. A young audience mainly embraced it. First creative geniuses are Lois Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sidney Becket and Jelly Roll Morton. Jazz was once an ensemble that then was focused on soloists and done in a restrictive sphere of popular entertainment. Jazz was mainly associated with ‘blacks’ making them feel more free and used to express what they want. A dance craze swept U.S. cities from 1912 to 1916, fuelled by a new permissiveness that made public dancing socially acceptable for both women and men.

BootleggingMoonshineBefore the roaring 1920’s certain groups in Southern states of America were known for producing their own alcoholic beverages, this included the brewing of beer and the home-making of wine, and although this wasn’t strictly forbidden by any one specific law it wasn’t allowed per say. The manufactures of these drinks were therefore cautious, taking care to only make preparations at night, hence giving them the title “moon-shiners”. Volstead ActThe 20’s saw Woodrow Wilson as president of the United States, and along with him a conservative republican government. In 1919 it was under his rule that the “National Prohibition Act” -also known as the Volstead Act- would be passed. This act forbid the selling and distribution of intoxicating liquors, thereby also allowing penalties on anyone who produced them. New Profession- Specialties At the time America saw one of its greatest economic booms, the American dream had never before been so real, the excessive buying, the mass production, the lavish parties, nothing was out of reach, especially not the alcohol. With the Government not allowing the industrial production of liquor, a new profession was born, bootlegging. It was said that when the moonshiners of the southern states wanted to transport their self-made drinks without paying federal tax, they would hide the pint on the side of their boots so as not to be caught, giving the new and illegal job of the 1920’s a label, bootlegging. Like any profession bootlegging saw itself divided into different categories, all of which became so well known to the public that they were very much seen as ‘specializations’ rather than illegal acts. The business arranged itself into these six categories:•Smuggling and transportation•Redistillation or recooking •Doctor and druggist complex•Brewing of high-power beer•Home brew and accessory stores •Homemade wine, ciders, and cordials The titles and sections the profession was divided into is in itself an insight into the grand business-organization of liquor in the 1920’s. Without doubt the fight against government prohibition was one of the most sophisticated and elaborative rebellions of the roaring 20’s.

The Age Of PlayBaseball first appeared in 1845, it wasn’t as popular as it is today. The first professionals surfaced by 1871. Lawn tennis was introduced in 1875 and golf came around by 1890. Playing outdoor games was considered juvenile back then. The number of spectators has increased over time. Every year there are 17 million admissions to college football games and about 27 million attendants to major league baseball matches. Another major development was the rise of recreation movement. In 1895, Boston introduced the first ‘playground’ that consists of 3 sandpits. Ten years later, the first recreational centres were founded. In 1903 only 18 cities had public playgrounds. Last year 6,601 playgrounds were there in over 680 cities. This number has tripled since 1903, however it is still one third of the national chewing gum bill.

Danger LineWomen in the 1920s Montgomery, Alabama 1920s,Men were coming back from wars. Almost in every war, when the men leave to fight, the women take over daily jobs. In the 1920s in Alabama when the men came back they could not get the women back to being useless members of the community. Instead of going back to long dresses, the women did not want to leave freedom after having it. Women started wearing shorts and doing all of the jobs that men said they cant do. Women believed in themselves and wanted equality. Another big event in the 1920s is the sexual rebellion. After the people came back from war, it was depressing and dull. The people realized that life is not long. The people wanted to change the general atmosphere by partying, drinking and having intimate relationships. After tasting freedom, women did not want to go back to wearing the long tight dresses that hide their bodies and stops them from being able to do many things, they did not want to let freedom go as it came to them. Throughout these events of rebellion, wanting freedom and equality, the women of the USA got their right to vote in the 1920s.


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