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America in the 1920s
Transcript of America in the 1920s
America in the 1920s
The 1920’s made Hollywood. 100 million people a week went to the movies. Before the 1920s, movie stars were never named but by 1920 they became world famous.
A break through in the 1920s was also the first production of movies with all-color feature and sound effects such as:
-Toll of the Sea
-The Jazz Singer
It was the end of World War I, the overall chaos of the Era was beginning to end. While the countries of Europe were deeply scarred, the North American continent was doing much better.
richest country in the world
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The Jazz Singer
Industry was a major force for the economy
radios (10 million sold by 1929)
Black people migrated from the south to the north.
Violence of lynching in the South
More opportunities in the North
-White Anglo-Saxon Protestants
-Infamous white supremacist organization in American history
-Terrorize people in African-American communities, particularly civil rights movement activists
Scottsboro Boys Trial 1931
Nine black teenage boys accused of raping two white women.
Indicted in Scottsboro, Alabama
Southern jury sentenced them to death.
Verdicts were a result of racism.
separated but not equal
Jazz music emerged thanks to the Harlem Renaissance
First important movement of black artists and writers in the US
Jazz music influenced all aspects of society
Songs and poems were about the social and political issues
Bridged the races
The Jazz Age
The 1920s was the year of the “Flapper” fashion. Flapper fashion embraced all things and styles modern. A fashionable flapper had short sleek hair, a shorter than average shapeless shift dress, a chest as flat as a board, wore make up and applied it in public, smoked with a long cigarette holder, exposed her limbs and epitomized the spirit of a reckless rebel who danced the nights away in the Jazz Age.
Dressing up like a “flapper” was also one of the ways of showing a woman’s independence against man.
Men at that time dressed more conservative than before. They dressed in suits which made them look sophisticated and professional. They styled their hair slicked back and were well groomed.
Partying in the 1920s was very popular and rowdy at speakeasies. The normal surrounding of the party was men & women all groomed up & glamorous, fast & upbeat jazz music by live bands, and people would dance & eat all the lavish food & wine in sight.
The 18th Ammendment
Prohibition was a law passed in January 1920 that made the making, distribution and consumption of alcohol illegal in the US. Alcohol was believed to bring poverty, be unpatriotic, break up marriage, cause insanity and crime. and disrupt industries. Organized crime was the main result of prohibition because people were smuggling in alcohol and it became very profitable and popular.
Repealed by 21st Amendment in 1933.