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Transcript of The 1920s
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Ethics, Morality, and Crime
by Jensen Brushwood
Many changes during this time; not all for the best
Loosened social structure
Classes were "allowed" to blend
Continuing rise of economy resulted in many "rich" although the poor were still abundant
by: Melissa Weiland
Technology and Innovation
by: Catherine Wellen, Kristy Farrand, Melissa Weiland, and Jensen Brushwood
by: Kristy Farrand
by: Catherine Wellen
The Jazz Age
Jazz music originated in New Orleans during the early 1900s with the spread of the black culture during the Harlem Renaissance, but it increased in popularity accross the entire country during the 20's
Dancing became the most popular social event
Popular dances included The Charleston, One Step and Black Bottom
The "crazies" were thrill-seekers who would participate in uncommon hobbies such as wing flying, sitting at the top of flag poles, and marathon dancing
The new culture of the Jazz age angered the older generations because they viewed the younger generation as reckless and immoral
The most famous jazzmen were Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Benny Goodman.
Fashion and Fads
Women dressed to make a statement in what they wore rather than accentuating their feminine attributes
For the first time, advertising emphasized sexual appeal in marketing
American Baseball became extremely popular, especially through Babe Ruth
New Slang terms were widely used such as "cat's meow," "heebie jeebies," "pushover," and "spiffy."
The "bob" haircut became very common
Characterized by stark truthfulness, fast living, and sexual behavior
They reflected thier attitude in their style characterized by loose-fitted, boyish attire
They participated in smoking, drinking, and wild dancing
They created the concept of dating
They considered themselves as "new," or "modern" women
Changes in Style:
1910s: Gibson Girls
Class dramatically delcined
Seen as competition, not as fellow citizens
Other than just the men...
Middle Class Rises
Consumer culture allows for the middle class to flaunt newfound wealth
Middle class rising prompted writers to express their criticisms on details of middle class life
The Automobile Industry in the 1920's
The American people themselves were greatly affected by the automobile, in negative ways as well as positive. The insititution of the automobile heavily affected family life among the establishment of a more mobile society
Rural Americans could drive around freely and examine the world around them and were known as "Sunday Drivers", whereas more urban Americans would drive into the hustle and bustle of the city. Because of this increased sense of personal freedom without reprocussions, many American families fell apart. Individual family members could act upon their own wishes rather than the dictation of the family as a whole, children could escape their "opressed" homelife and act upon foolish wishes. Women, along with their newly aquired right to vote, could escape the tedial tasks of home management and slip into the cultural
Mostly literature, but other art forms as well
People begin to take them seriously but were still under racial hatred
Several jazz artists
-Radio signals across Canada could now broadcast voices, news, weather, bible readings, soap operas, crime and western dramas, comedy and variety, coverage on major sports, advertising for businesses and music.
-People in the remotest areas of Canada were no longer isolated and were brought in contact with other cities of the nation.
-The radio was affordable to both rich and the poor.
Some flyers got jobs as bush pilots. Many oil and mining companies would hire pilots to get people and supplies to remote areas. Bush pilots helped to open northern frontiers of Canada. Planes were also used to spot forest fires, and to take aerial photography and geological surveys.
In 1924 the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was formed. The government believed that military planes could be justified only if they were used for peaceful purposes.
In 1929, when a case of deptheria outbroke in Alberta, they used planes to deliver the medicines.
Eventually, the government, as well as the public, began to realize the potential that aviation had to improve our way of life, as well as the possibilities of passenger air travel. By 1927, small carrier planes were flying people from city to city, although there was no national air service.
-The first dial phones appeared in Toronto in 1924 and three years later the combined handset with mouthpiece and earphone on the same unit came into use.
-By 1929 the phone became widely used.
-The telephone shrank distances.
Women and Their Social Roles
How they were changing
Gaining the right to vote
Going out with other men
Became a trend
Could "jump" classes
Drinking, Smoking, Dressing skimpy
The Working Woman
Jobs available as men were at war
Supposedly gaining more jobs outside of the home after war
Education became important
Temperance movement led to bootlegging