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Culture during the 20s-40s: Great Gatsby

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History has shown that music, dance and fashion have a great affect on society and culture. Iconic artists and performers, and particular events during these decades influenced many rebellious outbreaks going against societal norms. The “Roaring 20s” (1920-30), had a major impact on adolescent behavior in America, starting in New Orleans, moving into Chicago and later, New York City. Throughout the 1930s-1940s a new adolescent culture emerged, influenced by early upheavals during the 1920s.
The twenties were years of prodigious changes and prosperity in many areas of society; for example, revolutionary changes in music and attitude of the people. In fact, this era was so centered on music that author; F. Scott Fitzgerald titled it, “The Jazz Age”. Jazz is a style of music different from any other because of where it came from. Jazz unified musical methods from both Africa and Europe, clearly two very different parts of the world. This distinctive fusion between cultures gave jazz a singular “feel” and rhythm. Jazz originated in New Orleans simply because of the type of city it was. New Orleans being a port city was the most ideal place for people of different ethnicities to mend together the elements of their music and create jazz. With jazz beginning to sweep over the country, it started to change people’s attitude as well, for it created a happy and good-natured environment. (What Is Jazz?" Jazz in America. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) ("Overview of the 1920s." Digital History.)
After World War I, young men returned from combat feeling dejected, and disheartened. Music is renowned for changing the moods of people and bettering their state of mind. As General Pershing said, “music is as necessary to the boys as sleep...

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This poster was from 1943, showing Rosie the Riveter dressed in overalls and a red bandana. This depiction of women shows how important their roles was during World War II, while the men were away overseas. A song about Rosie the Riveter was also created shortly after the poster, to further enhance the importance of working during America’s time of struggle. (Miller, J. H.) ("Women At Work.")
Without the 1920s and 1930s, culture wouldn’t be the same throughout America. The 1920s was a decade of change in music, dance and fashion as well a change in the over all attitude of society. Having flappers drastically changed the view society has of women; now women were being seen as independent, authoritative figureheads in the workforce. The 20s and 30s were decades in which many everyday inventions were created, some things we wouldn’t be able to live without today.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the poster depicts rosie the riveter dressed in overalls and a red bandana during world war ii, while the men were away overseas.
  • Opines that without the 1920s and 1930s, culture wouldn't be the same throughout america.
  • Explains that music, dance, and fashion have a great impact on society and culture. the "roaring 20s" influenced adolescents in new orleans, chicago and later, new york city.
  • Explains that the twenties were years of prodigious changes and prosperity in many areas of society. jazz originated in new orleans simply because of the type of city it was.
  • Explains that music is renowned for changing the moods of people and bettering their state of mind.
  • Explains that women received the right to vote in 1920, allowing them to enter the workforce and become independent. this new attitude towards women created an atmosphere of freedom.
  • Analyzes how prohibition was aimed to reduce drinking in america during the 1920s due to the disturbances created by flappers and adolescents. the eighteenth amendment took away the rights of conducting business with any brewers.
  • Analyzes how inventions created during the "roaring twenties" sparked a new culture in america, with teens blasting music in their cars and staying at motels.
  • Explains that the great depression was the world's biggest economic downfall/crashing of the stock market.
  • Explains how the great depression affected everyone in america, including adolescents, and how they turned to music and entertainment to ameliorate this pain.
  • Explains that blues was affluent and reflected the toilsome times america was going through.
  • Explains that president franklin roosevelt created the new deal in 1933 in hopes of getting america to recovery from the great depression.
  • Explains that the 1940s were influenced by the culture during the 20s and 30s because of many factors, such as the role women played during world war ii.
  • Analyzes how the poster depicts rosie the riveter dressed in overalls and a red bandana during world war ii, while the men were away overseas.
  • Opines that without the 1920s and 1930s, culture wouldn't be the same throughout america.
  • Explains that music, dance, and fashion have a great impact on society and culture. the "roaring 20s" influenced adolescents in new orleans, chicago and later, new york city.
  • Explains that the twenties were years of prodigious changes and prosperity in many areas of society. jazz originated in new orleans simply because of the type of city it was.
  • Explains that music is renowned for changing the moods of people and bettering their state of mind.
  • Explains that women received the right to vote in 1920, allowing them to enter the workforce and become independent. this new attitude towards women created an atmosphere of freedom.
  • Analyzes how prohibition was aimed to reduce drinking in america during the 1920s due to the disturbances created by flappers and adolescents. the eighteenth amendment took away the rights of conducting business with any brewers.
  • Analyzes how inventions created during the "roaring twenties" sparked a new culture in america, with teens blasting music in their cars and staying at motels.
  • Explains that the great depression was the world's biggest economic downfall/crashing of the stock market.
  • Explains how the great depression affected everyone in america, including adolescents, and how they turned to music and entertainment to ameliorate this pain.
  • Explains that blues was affluent and reflected the toilsome times america was going through.
  • Explains that president franklin roosevelt created the new deal in 1933 in hopes of getting america to recovery from the great depression.
  • Explains that the 1940s were influenced by the culture during the 20s and 30s because of many factors, such as the role women played during world war ii.
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