Culture of the 1920s
During the 1920s new technologies helped create a mass culture shared by millions of people in the developed countries. Affordable cars, new forms of media, motion pictures and radio brought people around the world closer together than ever before.

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In the 1920's many radios began to play a new sound known as jazz because of this the 1920s are known as the jazz age.Jazz was created when African American musicians combined Western harmonies with African rhythms Many people began to adopt new social conventions and abandon their old ones after the end of The Great War, they began doing crazy things for fun and competition such as; sitting on flag poles for as long as possible, marathon dances, and all night parties. people during this time also began to perfect the art of sports and baseball became more popular. Babe Ruth is one of the most famous players who came out of this time period, he made baseball legendary. Another trend that became popular was acting and the idea of Hollywood. Female actresses took advantage of this and was what majority of women aspired to be. While Europe recovered from the war, the United State had a boom time. Many Europeans started to embrace american culture because of its freedom and willingness to experiment.
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After the war rebellious young people were disillusioned by the war. They rejected morale values and rules of the Victorian age, they wanted excitement. One symbol of this were flappers. These women called flappers were young women who participate in nightly activities like partying or going out, they drank, wore makeup, smoked, and voted. What first sprang up this new type of women was their right to vote, they wanted to participate in all the rights and activities that men had. Flappers urged for equality. With the rising talk about the nineteenth amendment women wanted to get rid or eliminate the double standards of men vs. women. When seeing a flapper you could not miss them, they dressed very distinctively. Many women cut their hair to a shorter length, dresses were extremely shorter that the normal with the hemlines rising above the knees. Flappers also began to use extreme makeup and they dressed very vulgar with a lot of skin showing. Many did not just see these flappers as a look, but a celebration as the beginning of the independence of women. They saw this as independence, because they began to do what no other type of women could do before, they dressed how they liked, went wherever they pleased, had the jobs they wanted, and could vote for who they wanted. However even though these flappers seemed to do what hey pleased it did not come easy, they were judged, and often looked down upon. Even though flappers were highly visible they only made up a small minority. Most women saw limited progress even of they had earned the right to vote. Because the new technologies made life easier at home too many women pursued careers in many areas such as the arts,and sports.

Not everyone approves of these new changes and lifestyles, many American even supported prohibition or a ban on the sell and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Even though it was supposed to keep people from the negative effects of drinking it caused the organization of speakeasies or illegal bars.

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The Roaring Twenties was a period of literary creativity during this time to many writers the war symbolized the moral breakdown of Western Civilizations. In their world they portrayed the modern world as spiritually barren and empty. The loss of self and the need for self-definition is a main characteristic of the era. Authors focuses on the attempt to "build a self" which is well illustrated in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald These authors also experimented with stream of consciousness. With this technique the writer appears to present the thoughts and feelings of a character without using any logic or order.

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"The Jazz Age." The Jazz Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.

"Flappers: The Turning Point of the 1920s - Home Page." Flappers: The Turning Point of the 1920s. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013

Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor., and Anthony Esler. "Postwar Social Changes." Prentice Hall World History: The Modern Era. Boston, MA: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009. 522-27. Print.

"Literature." - The Culture of Change. Boundless, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <>