The Roaring 20's

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The Roaring 20's

The Jazz Age was a cultural movement that took place in America during the 1920’s (also known as the roaring twenties).Overtime it became socially acceptable to middle-class white Americans.Some famous artists were:Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong,Duke Ellington. Urban radio stations began to play a lot of jazz music more than suburban because that was were more African Americans lived. The 1920s was also largely dominated by silent movies, but eventually saw the introduction of synchronized sound. The early silent movies were often accompanied by live piano or organ music but no speaking. It wasn't until 1923 that a commercial distributed film contained synchronised sound track. The first movie theatres were called Nickelodeons and were very basic Broadway reached an all-time high in the 1920s. The famous actors during this time were Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, who were famous for silent filmsThe 1920s was the decade of “Picture Palaces” which were large urban theater that could seat 1-2000 guests. The Warner Bros. Picture was incorporated in 1923 and made up a large part of the market.MGM and Paramount were the highest-grossing studios during this time.


Many legends in sports are born, which are still recognized today. After the war, prosperity spread throughout America, leaving people and families with more money to spend on things like sporting events. Recreation accounted for 25% of national income. Football was rapidly gaining popularity while many colleges built stadiums. Sporting stadiums were sprung up all over the country. Most children dreamt of becoming a professional in sports. Athletes were becoming American heroes and, professionals begin to play for money rather than enjoyment. However African Americans were not allowed to play. In the 1920s racism was a very strong belief system and sadly, it still is today.

Cultural Shifts

In the 1920s dresses were less colorful because of less fabric available. The first gathering was devoted to women’s rights was held in July 19-20 in 1848. By 1920 the women gained full voting rights. The number of women in congress embarked on what standards were set for the future role in government led by women. The idea of the flappers prohibition was to reduce crime and poverty and generally improve the life in AmericaA Constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages between 1920 and 1933. The illegal production and sale of alcohol became known as “bootlegging”. Secret, illegal areas where people drank were known as “speakeasies”

Both Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were very heavy drinkers. They were known for depression and self destruction. In 1923 the couple set out for France.France happens to be where Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald then reached success while he was 20. He died when he was 40 because of alcohol overdose, but in his lifetime he completed 4 novels and 160 stories. Fitzgerald was apart of the group called lost generation. He also joined the army and fought in World war 1.


Industrial Revolution

Harlem RenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance was the name given to cultural, social, and artistic movements that took place between the end of WWI and the middle of the 1930s. Many of the writers, artists, and musicians came from the South. William Grant still was a very famous African American composer of the time., but Duke Ellington was very famous as well. Although the most famous writer of the time was Langston Hughes, who wrote with the rhythmic meter of blues and jazz.Jazz was a very famous form of music during this time. Jean Toomer wrote many short stories and plays to capture the spirit of his times. Then singers like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday were also very popular for blues and jazz music. Billie Holiday received her first record at the age of 18 as part of a studio group led by Benny Goodman.

The Roaring 20's.By: Carley, Jake and Eva



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