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The roaring twentie's

America's Greatest Time

The Roaring Twentie's

The Jazz Age was a time when everyone seemed to have money, and people were more than willing to spend it. The younger generation, mostly the women, set themselves free. Women wore shorter clothes and their new hair style was a bob, this shocked the older generation. A new type of music was also played at this time and it was jazz. The lively and loose beat captured the carefree spirit. Some of the most famous jazzmen were Louise Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Benny Goodman. The "crazzies" were also a big part of the Roaring 20's. These were people that would do crazy things for fun; for example, sitting on top of a flag pole for as long as possible, marathon dances, and wing flying. For fun people also got more into sports such as Babe Rutha baseball player and Bobby Jones,"the greatest amateur golfer of all time."

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was the writer of a very famous piece called The Great Gatsby. The book is set in the 1920's when there was a time of rebellion, after World War I and before the stock market crash. At this time people were intrested in having fun and spending money to get it. Fitzgerald described America during prohbition as "the greatest, gaudiest spree in history". During this time authors were encouraged to write ablout the real problems of city life, and to add bold new themes. They were also supposed to cease using restrained language.

Gertrude Ederle became famous when she completed swimming across the English Channel in 1926 and competed in the 1924 Olympics. Gertrude was intrested in swimming from a very young age, since her parents used to take her to a public pool in New Jersey. Her first attempt to swim the Channel was disqualified on a technicality. Although her second attempt was succesful. Before Gerturde started her swim she coated herself in lanolin to protect herself from jellyfish and the cold water. After fourteen hours and thirty-one minutes she had arrived at Kingsdown, England. Gertrude beat the record that was set by previous male swimmers. The President, Calvin Coolidge, also called her "America's Best Girl" and she was invited to the White House.

Charlie Chaplin was a comedic British actor and was one of the biggest stars of the silent-film era. He played an identifiable character known as "The Little Tramp" and his first film was Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914. Charlie wowed the audience with his naturaul presence and comedic angle. His films made him a wealthy man but that did not stop his passion for creating films. He was also known as a grueling perfectionist, therefore he would take many takes, rebuild an entire set, or recast an entire set of actors. At the end of his life Charlie made one last visit to the Untited States where he was given an honorary Academy Award.

A very populaur film in the 1920's was "Steamboat Willie" which featured a black and white Mickey Mouse. It was released on November 18th, 1928 and kicked of The Golden Age of Animation. It was also the first cartoon with sound. People feared adding sound might bring too much reality into it but fortunatley it was succesful and loved all over America. Cartoons were very populaur in the 1920's becuase they conveyed a message through visual art like an author would with words.

By, Emily White


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