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Entertainment in the 1900's
Transcript of Entertainment in the 1900's
The Confident Years
A Nation Beckons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonograph A traveling adult educational movement in the US. It was extremely popular in the 19th & 20th centuries. They brought education & entertainment for the entire community with teachers, musicians, entertainers & preachers.
The performers made it to Mission B.C. June 28th 1917 which was a big deal because it was supposedly "the most American thing in America". People loved the blues/jazz types of music.
"Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love" - Billie Holiday
Introduced in the early 1900's by Thomas Edison. First device that could play back already recorded music. Named for the harbor city, Charleston in South Carolina. The rhythm was popularized by a composer/pianist named James P. Johnson & shortly became one of the most popular hits of the decade.
The dance itself was developed by Kathryn Wilson. Young women would dance alone or together as a way of mocking the citizens who supported the Prohibition, the Charleston was then considered quite immoral & provocative. Although seen as scandalous because of the partner contact, dances such as the Foxtrot, Waltz were very popular during & after the war. The Charleston & Tango boomed after they were featured in movies. The Lindy Hop, named after Pilot Charles Lindburgh's first solo flight was the first dance to include swinging your partner in the air & jumping sequences During this time period dances for galas were often thrown on the weekends. On page 26 of "The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson" it says Jack Wilson was at the same dance as Jessie keeping watch for bootleggers during the prohibition. "More and more often at those rival Saturday night dances, Jessie looked over the shoulder of a dance partner to where a uniformed Jack Wilson stood at the back of the hall." J.E.H. Macdonald
Propaganda is a form of art used to get a very specific message across to society. It's most commonly used during times of war so it was seen a lot during this time period. Television hadn't been invented yet so people tuned into the radio everyday to listen to comedy shows, news, live events, jazz music, opera's. The first ever radio broadcaster came out November of 1920. The Charleston