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Pop Culture in the Roaring Twenties

The Flapper
The flapper was the heroine of
the Jazz Age
The flapper offended the older
generation because she defied
conventions of acceptable feminine
behavior
Flappers wore their hair short, their
clothes were more revealing, and
danced to jazz.
Do the Charleston!

The Jazz Age

Jazz is the one form of music


that is truly American
It originated in New Orleans, and
made its way up the Mississippi
to Memphis and Chicago
Jazz was upbeat and a symbol
of the Roaring Twenties
The 1920s became known as
the Jazz Age

Prohibition
The 18th Amendment
prohibited or forbid
the sale, manufacture,
and transportation of
Alcohol
People went to
Speakeasies to drink
in secret (speakeasies
were secret clubs)
Bootleggers and
gangsters like Al
Capone made Millions
providing the people
with illegal alcohol

Al Capone

Fads
During the 1920s
people were
interested in fads
Fads were interests
people followed for
a short time, like
Marathon dance
contests and sitting
on flagpoles

The Wonderful World of


Radio

Radio took to the air in


1920
In 1922 there were 60, 000
radios in America, by 1929
there were 10 million
Listening to common radio
shows and sports helped to
unite America (it was the
equivalent to T.V. today)
NBC became the first
Network created, followed
by CBS
One of the most popular
radio shows was a comedy
called Amos and Andy
Radio also made sports
really popular by
broadcasting games

Movies

Silent films took off before the


Twenties, but became popular
during this time
Movies offered a world of
glamour few people could
experience
Movies also spread pop
culture songs, dance,
fashion and even slang
expressions
Charlie Chaplin was one of
the periods famous actors,
here is a clip from his 1921
film the kid
The Kid

Heroes of the 1920s

Americans searched for


heroes in sports and in
the sky
Athletes like Red
Grange and Jim Thorpe
inspired people in
football
Babe Ruth and his 1927
60 homerun season
inspired young baseball
players
Gertrude Elder swam
the English Channel in
15 hours
Charles Lindbergh flew
across the Atlantic solo
in his airplane the St.
Louis

Literature

Writers referred to the


Lost Generation of
WWI and criticized
postwar America
The most famous Jazz
Age author was F.
Scott Fitzgerald, and
his famous tale of
sadness and glamour
was The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Trailer
The Harlem
Renaissance was a time
of artistic growth for
African American
writers
Some of these writers
include Langston

Religion vs. Evolution


In Tennessee, John Scopes taught the
theory of evolution in violation of the Butler
Act, a law that forbid the teaching of
Darwins Theory
Scopes was defended by Clarence Darrow,
a famous defense attorney. The
prosecution was assisted by William
Jennings Bryan, former Presidential
candidate and proponent of creating a
constitutional amendment to forbid the
teaching of evolution
In the play and film Inherit the Wind, the
events unfold as the two great lawyers
argue science versus religion
Inherit the Wind 1960
Scopes was found guilty and had to pay a
fine of $100, which was overturned on
appeal