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Emily Roberts

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Were the Intellectual critics of the 1920's really disillusioned with the fundamental character of American life, or were they actually loyal to a vision of a better America, and only hiding their idealism behind a veneer of disillusionment and irony? - Some consider the "fundamental character of American life" in the 1920's was itself a function of disillusioned idealism. - Idealism worldwide had taken a beating in the aftermath of World War I - Lewis wrote Babbitt, about a middle-aged businessman who rebels against his safe life and family, only to realize that the young generation is as hypocritical as his own. - Sinclair Lewis wrote the popular 1920 novel Main Street, satirized the dull and ignorant lives of the residents of a Midwestern town Bloodied the war and disillusioned by the peace, Americans turned inward in the 1920s
Domestic economy was partly sealed off from the rest of the world.
Plunged headlong into a dizzying decade of homegrown prosperity
White folks disillusioned with mass culture discovered this music at this time and it became popular because it was so authentic.
A younger generation, disillusioned by the outcome of the war behaved in ways that confounded their elders. - The average American in the 1920s became more enamored of wealth and everyday luxuries, some began to satirize the hypocrisy and greed they observed. - Lewis satirized religion with Elmer Gantry, which followed a con man who teams up with an evangelist to sell religion to a small town.
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