The 20’s, Fun or Fear?
The 1920’s was a time period filled with new beginnings. America was now recovering from the war so Americans were trying to get the economy together again. Even though there were still issues within America, Americans blanked out the bad by obtaining themselves with the good of the country. The 20’s was filled with new things, economically and politically, but the social aspect of the 20’s proved to be fun based on the change of view on traditional standards for women, the uprising of new forms of literature, and the new advances in technology. In the 1920s, women brought a new look into women fashion, the flapper. The flapper was a fun new experience in that it gave women a chance to finally show their independence and break away from the old Victorian lifestyle that they were expected to have. Other than the flapper women were now socially accepted, and proved that they didn’t need a man to take care of them or having a male authority to tell them what they can or can’t do. Margret Sanger and the birth control movement is a good example, she made it possible for women to view sex as not just a mean of reproduction, but as a way for pleasure. Women were able to have more control about what they wore, and women had more freedom within their actions. The 20’s also brought new artist into the world of literature. This period was known as the jazz age because there was a high influence of jazz and poetry within the black communities. Many African American artist were a part of the Harlem Renaissance like the founder of jazz, Louis Armstrong, he invented the swing version of jazz, which was a popular form of dance and music. Also there was the famous poet Langston Hughes, who wrote literature on black life in America. The Harlem Renaissance was one of the few fun aspects of the twenties because there were new forms of expression and happy times. The beginning of “talkies” was also introduced. Now Americans could go and watch movies that...
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