1920's Culture Lauren Graham, Tiffany Herm, and Sam Jones

The 1920's were a period of dramatic changes. They experienced advances in transportation, communication, and manufacturing. This allowed middle class consumers to buy cars, radios, and home appliances. They saw the ads for these things in newspapers and magazines. People would spend time going to movies to see their favorite stars or learn about new musics, including jazz, which was most popular in this time period. Near the end of the decade, the Great Depression caused a major fall in consumer spending.

1920s fashion was in a time of great social change. Fashion was a reflection of what was going on politically, socially, and economically. For the women, short bob haircuts became popular. Women also began to show more skin by wearing short skirts such as pinafores. These skirts would have never been accepted previously in society. There was somewhat of an androgynous look that borrowed from men’s clothing. Women began to wear more stylish dresses that they paired with flashy jewelry. Men’s fashion became extremely more modern and fascinating. Men began to wear more relaxing clothes that were usually not seen very often in earlier decades. When men dressed up they began to wear suit jackets that were shorter than before. Other pieces of clothing such as pants, sweaters, and tuxedo designs became shorter and trendier. All of the changes fit well into the 1920s culture because just as society was changing, fashion was also changing. This was a time that emphasized on fun, creativity and excitement in clothing. This was only the beginning of the changing of society in the 1920s. Your can read about this here.


During the 1920s, women started to leave behind the traditional culture of being stay home mothers. Young women took on the name as flappers. They wore revealing clothing and took on men’s tasks like jobs. Their clothing was much shorter so movement was easier. They cut their hair to look more like a man as well. At night, flappers were engaged in city life rather than staying at home. Smoking was one thing that was reserved for men, however, flappers began to smoke and drink more often. They took on somewhat of a negative effect by smoking, drinking, bad language, and selfishness. Young women wanted to be identified differently and wanted to change their culture. They saw themselves sometimes as movie stars or sports stars. Flappers language was considered uneducated; they would say things such as, "Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening/Ain't we got fun?". Even though flappers were becoming popular, some older women wanted to keep their traditional values from the past.
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Jazz has influenced many aspects of society. It influenced poetry, fashion, and also industry. Much of today's popular music has even been influenced by jazz. Jazz was very different form of music for the people in the 1920s. It was upbeat and many people enjoyed this style of music. They started to play jazz on the radio instead of novelty. Jazz was also put into a lot of silent films. The 1920s are often called the Jazz Age for how popular it was becoming. Although, not everyone approved of the Jazz Age. Jazz was a very free life style for this time. Many Americans supported prohibition, which is a ban on manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. The Jazz Age also brought new ideas like flappers. They went out on dates unchaperoned, and enjoyed new dances like the Charleston.