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Significance of Jazz Music in the 1920s
Transcript of Significance of Jazz Music in the 1920s
Jazz music was important to the 1920s as it created social change and broke down social inequalities and racism
Although Jazz music brought people together, Jazz created division and some racist attitudes
Some people believed that "jazz marked the degeneration of civilization", claiming that jazz can be blamed for all of society's problems
Jazz music was played at speakeasies. Speakeasies were illegal clubs in the US that sold banned alcohol. Many people from different social and racial were able to enjoy being together for the first time. The combination of Jazz and speakeasies reinforced what many people believed that Jazz was a huge problem.
Jazz music showed the racist attitudes of middle class white Americans. Music was believed to be played by the highest of white society. Music was "structured and controlled". But...
Jazz was believed to be "formless and erratic" and came from the lowest class of society. Some medical experts said that such evil could tear society apart
There was a movement to ban Jazz music and a resolution was passed to stop what they believed was 'vulgar dancing'. But this didn't go far as Jazz music became popular and continued to grow in the US, Australia, Europe and the world.