The Jazz Age
The Jazz Age 1920 ;s Like all the changes during the course of history that the United States has experienced The Jazz age can be explained as a time to experiment and try different styles. This period was taken place during a time when big businesses started to grow even bigger and the United states became even more Industrialized. The Jazz Age happened after WWW.
During WWW everyone was focused on the war. Everything the people would do was to benefit the war. Once the war was over most of the Americans were ready to experience new styles and start all over again.There were changes in clothes, women, music, writers evolved, crime increased, and daily life changed during this time. Women during WWW wanted to push for women’s rights. Eventually the nineteenth amendment was passed for women’s rights. Most of the women had husbands that were in combat during the war so women had to leave their housewife routine and work the Jobs that their husbands left once the war started.
After the war women changed their look. A new trend started in which women were called flappers. Flappers were no longer the typical housewife, they smoked, drank, went out dancing, ND they voted.These women were more liberal, they wore shorter dresses and cut their hair really short. Another name for these women during The Jazz Age was also twiggy. After the war women wanted to avoid all the rules and the typical role they had to play. Jazz was being played everywhere by the sass’s for example dance halls, speakeasies, and all over the country.
Before Jazz was being introduced more in the country it was considered the devils music. Jazz is basically a mixture of experimental blues ragtime. Composers of Jazz mixed ragtime Into there music which soon became known as Jazz. Some of these composers were Pan Alley and Irving Berlin.Jazz Influenced everyone In America and even western Europe. In today’s society music influences in how we dress and talk. Jazz during this period influenced how people acted after the war.
Going out to these dances and liberating themselves was a way to avoid all the rules. A popular dance move during this period was called the Charleston. Besides Jazz, Broadway shows were very popular during this time. This form of entertainment not only brought a way to pass time but It also was a way to make a profit. The directors of these shows took these shows very seriously In order o provide quality entertainment to everyone.One of the most famous Broadway show was Sally, No, No, Nanette. The fashion trend during The Jazz Age showed the rapid changes in the people.
Before this period women wore really long dresses, long sleeve shirts, their hair was long, and most of their clothing was conservative. Men used to wear baggy clothing, and cuffs on the sleeves. These old fashion clothing was known as the Titanic their hair was short with feathered headbands. Although when women started to wear these short dresses it shocked the world most of these trends inspired some of he clothing we wear today. Men’s style was inspired by a man named Rudolph Valentine.He would wear his hair parted in the middle and pulled back. Men wore straw hats or flat tops and for an everyday look men would wear sport coats.
The life style during The Jazz Age was carefree. There was not the typical united family. During this period the first affordable car was invented by Henry Ford. This car was called the Model-T. The car changed how the people lived. For example before the Jazz age if a girl wanted to date a boy she would of have to date him in her home where the parents were around to watch them. This was called parlor dating.
The auto freed the youth from parlor dating.It gave the youth a feel of freedom. The invention of this affordable car also allowed families to move farther away from the inner city. The problem that occurred with this new invention is that it decreased church attendance. Families now would rather go out on Sunday drives than go to church. Crime also increased in the cities and the corruption of the youth was caused because of the automobile. We now can see crime everywhere we go.
During this period gangs began to form and illegal bars were created. AH Capons was the leading role to all these crimes. He is known as one of the greatest gangsters in the United States.Prohibition was basically a law during this time that made alcohol illegal. Most of the Americans were in favor of this. But there a few that voted against this law. When gangs formed they took over many communities and opened speakeasies, which is an illegal underground bar.
In a speakeasies these gangs would sneak in alcohol by bribing the police with the alcohol. The people that had the Job of sneaking in this alcohol were called bootleggers. In order to stop these crimes the 21st amendment was pushed wrought which repealed the 18th amendment and prohibition was mandated nation wide.Many writers evolved during this time most of them from the Harlem Renaissance. This time period took place between sass and sass. This period was known as a literary and intellectual that showed a new identity for African Americans. A critic and a teacher called it a spiritual coming of age in which African Americans can express themselves and show self determination.
African Americans owned their own newspapers and magazines. This separated them from the mainstream. One of the leading magazines was written by Charles S. Johnson. His magazine became the leading voice for African Americans.Other writers were W. E.
B Dubos, Longs Hughes, and Counted Sullen. This new artistic movement came from New Orleans. It can also be known as the hot spot for arts. The genre in this period was known as modernism and the new form of Jazz poetry. Most of the writers would write about their life during slavery and traditions that they had. This period gave African Americans a new identity in which they could expand their way of thinking nation wide. Many white literacy became interested with the writers of this time and they loud publish their works on a higher level.
Hughes said that acceptance by the white world was less important than the expression of our individual dark-skinned selves. Only focused on social and culture issues during this time. People wanted the government to interfere less in their lives. By the time the war was over Americans were tired of the war and attempts to pass moral legislation. People in the end wanted a simple way of life. Most teenagers looked for a way to not follow rules by acting out and doing outrageous things. The image of the sass in the end was prosperity, a new life, and a deep culture conflict.