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The Roaring 1920's
Transcript of The Roaring 1920's
It was both a town of wealth and glamor and a seedy place where brothels posed as fake acting schools and sucked in attractive young girls who traveled to California with dreams of stardom and fortune in their eyes. Hollywood After the war ended, Times Square became mobbed with crowds of enthusiastic citizens carrying flags and cheering. The times tower was strung with lights for the celebration. Since this happened Times Square continued drawing cheerful crowds and this is when Broadway reached its prime. Broadway The 1920’s were Broadway's prime years.
It was a decade of incredible artistic developments in the musical theater. The lights of Broadway lit up the billboards at night in a huge splash of bright colors. These dazzling lights were an attraction and inspired many artists at the time. The 1920s is known for it's famous musicians like Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Bix Biederbeck who all became famous names in The Jazz Age. And countless other nameless musicians who helped shape jazz into what it has become. Jazz Broadway was bursting with energy and enterprise. The theater was filled with many people and inspired hope, fresh ideas and a new style of craftsmanship. Broadway became a brilliant center that influenced the theater of the world. The 1920s is inseparable from the music that became popular with the youth of the decade. Jazz shaped the age, it set the mood, it was the soundtrack of a new era. It became the theme song to flappers dancing on rooftops and gangsters hanging in smoky speakeasy's. When World War One ended in
1918, society had never seen so much carnage on such a wide scale. The "Flaming Youth" as they became known, felt they needed to live their lives now, because the future they said, wasn't guaranteed. The "Flaming" Youth "Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love” When prohibition went into effect in America on January 16, 1920 it did more that stop the legal sale of alcohol. It put hundreds of restaurants and hotels out of business, increased the growth of tea rooms and destroyed fine dining in the United States. The efforts of Prohibition fostered a sense of contempt for authority. Prohibition
Nightclubs and speakeasies became venues for men and women to get dressed up, take their automobile, and go out drinking and listen to the new sounds of Jazz music. This 1920s nightlife scene has remained a staple of hip young people ever since. Prohibition also presented lucrative opportunities for organized crime to take over the importing “bootlegging”, manufacturing and distributing of alcoholic drinks. Al Capone was able to build his criminal empire largely on profits from illegal alcohol. Organized crime Some of the most famous Gangsters of the 1920’s were Al Capone and Lucky Luciano to John Gotti and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Organized crime characters built their reputations as rebellious, dangerous, and "well-dressed" business men 1920’s “Gangsters” With these social changes and the rise of mass media - famous mobsters became more and more visible in the public eye. Bootleggers and criminals strong-armed America into redefining success. Criminal millionaires popped up in newspapers all over America. These Gangsters turned the criminal lifestyle into something to be glamorized and romanticized in the tabloids. Gangsters & The Media Quotes like this from Lois Long became the rallying cry among young people in the 20's: