The 1920's

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The American 1920s had many names: the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, the Dry Decade, and the Flapper generation. Whatever the moniker, these years saw the birth of modern America. This volume shows the many colorful ways the decade altered America, its people, and its future. American Popular Culture Through History volumes include a timeline, cost comparisons, chapter bibliographies, and a subject index.

Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Damon Runyon presented distinct literary visions of the world. Jazz, blues, and country music erupted onto the airwaves. The exploits of Babe Ruth and Murderers' Row helped save baseball from its scandals, while such players as Red Grange and Notre Dame's Four Horsemen brought football to national prominence. Yo-yos, crossword puzzles, and erector sets appeared, along with fads like dance marathons and flagpole sitting. Rudolph Valentino, talkies, and Clara Bow's It girl appeared on the silver screen. Prohibition indirectly led to bootlegging and speakeasies, while the growing rebelliousness of teenagers highlighted an increasing generation gap.

 

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Contents

Life and Youth During the 1920s i
3
World of Youth
29
Popular Culture of the 1920s
49
Architecture and Design
73
Fashion
95
Food and Drink
119
Leisure Activities
143
Literature
169
Music
191
Performing Arts
219
Travel and Recreation
243
Visual Arts
269
Cost of Products in the 1920s
291
Index
315
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KATHLEEN DROWNE is Assistant Professor on English at the University of Missouri, Rolla.

PATRICK HUBER is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Rolla.

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