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American Morals in the 1920's
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The 20's had the largest jump in trends, values , and morals.
During the 1920's, traditions were tossed out the window and people had a hard time knowing how to direct their lives. The 1920's was a decade that defined a new classification of morality.
During this era,it was common for people to change every aspect of how they lived: leaving small towns for big cities, a wave of consumerism,people were finally starting to achieve financially and as a whole were spending an abundance of money on possessions.
The 20's saw a shocking new change in people's ideas of sexuality.
"Proper" behavior was banished and the young decided to break free of what was not normally spoken of in public.
Premarital sex no longer seemed outlandish and sex was openly conversed.
women gained a greater role in middle-class society with attendance in colleges and universities.
Equality of minorities and homosexuals increased in urban areas during the 1920's as media visibility of those demographics increased.
the women rights' movement helped to increase social stimulus and decrease moral values.
What was considered immoral?
Religious groups made up of women, politically formed a crusade against immoral practices.
With women's new found freedom, they rebelled against old matriarchs.
Some of the things women would do were;
cut their hair
wear lots of make up
wear short dresses
These women were known as flappers
Were the younger generation's and older generation's morals the same?
Standard of living
"Social Darwinism " and the "American Dream"
The Nineteenth Amendment
The Jazz Age
The Harlem Renaissance
Women became known as flappers by the arm movements they do.
women began to do things that were not feminine such as smoking and drinking.
Clothing also became an issue for women, they began to desire clothing that showed more skin and disliked long skirts and collared shirts.
Hairstyles were also a change up for women; the bob haircut was best known at the time.
What were morals in the 1920s?
What was valued?
Henry Ford's interchangeable parts
Hand-held blow dryer
what life was like in the 20's...
Living conditions changed in the 1920's. People enjoyed big cities like Chicago, or New York. They began to focus more on worldly possessions and threw more parties. Music began to change as well, Jazz began to become hip. this was an age of jazz music.
Sports were very popular at this time. bog became a very watched sport. Many people in rural areas associated the popularity of spectator sports, especially boxing,horse racing, football, and baseball began to come on the rise.
The 1920's was a period of great change and conflict brought about by new technology, growing prosperity among workers and immigrants, migration to the city, new societal values and attitudes countered by a wave of conservatism that led to Prohibition, restrictive immigration policies and even the return of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Roaring Twenties, falling between World War 1 and the beginning of the Great Depression, as seen as the amoral interlude between two of the subconscious, jazz culture and many other social changes forever altered the way people viewed all aspects of existence. American morality would never be the same.
-Prohibition-January 16,1920, at midnight, the manufacture and sale of alcohol became illegal in America under the 18th amendment.
-Women's Movements-Men fighting in World War 1 left a void in the workplace that had to be filled by women. When the war ended, men'[s discontentment charged newly liberated young women.
-Lost Generation: the "Lost Generation" are the literary spokespeople for the Roaring Twenties such as Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and john Dos Passos. They saw the moral certainties of the Victorian Era--that good was rewarded with good and evil punished--crumble when the generations best and brightest young men were massively and brutally killed during World War 1. The Lost Generation's works reflected the sense of wandering moral rootlessness that resulted.
1920's Lifestyle and Social Trends
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