The Comparison of Entertainment in the Early 1900s and 2000

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Rajin Dharia
History 13
Section: 3222

Essay Topic: Did the method of entertainment among young American (age 20-25) change or remain the same since the 1900s. Comparing Entertainment between Two Centuries
It may seem that we have changed immensely since the last century, our clothing, our economy, or the way we entertain ourselves. But contradictory to our beliefs not many things actually changed. Everything that we see today is an evolutionary form of the early 1900s. In the early 1900’s it was the time when many immigrants migrated to America with abundant job opportunities available. With many working men and women, people started to look for ways to spend times when they weren’t working. The popular method of entertainment during that era for men and women through the age of twenty to twenty-five were very similar to the contemporary way of having fun. Entertainment today has stayed the same with very few changes since the early 1900s.

Similar to today, many young men and women loved to go out and watch movies. The 20th century was the start of the film industry. The first film was shown by an American inventor Thomas Edison in 1903. He has created a short motion picture called the “The Great Train Robbery”. (Clark 1) Ever since then young Americans were addicted to watching movies. Soon after a much longer films was released such as the “Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith. By 1920s most American cities had their very own theater, and everyone went to go see a movie at least once a week or even more. The film industry started to grow immediately and became part of the American culture. Movies became a part of everyone’s life. “People might not know the names of government officials, but they knew the names of every leading actor and actress.”(Dirks 3)

Movies were entertaining and gave the young American hopes and dreams. It was a method to get away from their trouble lives and let them dream of bigger things. Along with the very popular movies in the early 1920s came the actors and actresses who portrayed American’s favorite character. Similar to how we treat our celebrities now, celebrities became considerably very huge in the early 1900s. Everyone knew who Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino are and what movies they played in. Just like today’s “A” list stars, Chaplin and Valentino were the stars of those days. (Clark 1)

Americans were very thrilled of the new technology that enables them to actually see their imagination on screen, Rudolph Valentino was among one of the most talented who help made this possible. Rudolph Valentino was one of the first very popular stars. Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor. He was very famous especially with the females during the 1900s. Valentino starred in countless famous films such as The Sheik, Blood and Sand, and Four Horsemen. “. His most roles involved him playing as the Latin Lover”. Rudolph Valentine was the sex symbol of the 1900s. Although he passed away at the age of thirty-one, Rudolph’s work left a mark in the hearts of young American everywhere. He was the very first idol in America and his death devastated young women everywhere. (Ramirez 71) “Movies in America became one of the favorite leisure activities and remain that way today, which is proven through box office numbers. Though today, in addition to sound and color, film makers are also using the newest technology to create special effects. Movies cost more and more to make, and it seems like the more expensive the movie to make, the more popular it is to American consumers.” (Dirks 3)

Another great way young American spent their free-time is listening to music or dancing to music. This is also how young men and women today spend their time doing, clubbing and dancing. In 1920s young men and women in the United States loved to celebrate and party. It was known as the “Roaring 20s.” for its impact in arts and music. Just like today, the twenties was very rich in culture. “People danced...
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