American history is divided into many time periods. Perhaps the most influential time period in America is the 1920’s. During the decade, at least one aspect of every American’s life had changed. The Jazz Age made a lasting impact on nearly everyone, either in a positive or negative way. After World War One ended, America wished for change. America received that change with jazz, and the decade was named the Jazz Age. The term “Jazz Age” was created in 1922, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, as he wanted to “describe the flamboyant-“anything goes”-era that emerged in America after World War I”. The older adult population thought that jazz was condemned to the speakeasies and brothels, which were both illegal at the time, due to prohibition. America experienced a lot of change during the Jazz Age. Whether it was good, like the evolution of jazz, or bad, like Al Capone and his Chicago criminal empire, it impacted everyone. It still impacts everyone in the United States today. The government has learned not to impede on people’s rights, and if they do, there’ll be mass protests and riots. Alcohol isn’t getting banned anytime soon, and there’s talk about legalizing more drugs, as a government cannot legislate moral values. Crime has been come down hard on, and jazz is extremely popular. Still, there are several problems, and lessons the US learned in the Jazz Age have been forgotten. People try to rule other’s lives, but if we lived like the end of the Jazz Age, as Bobby Hutcherson said: “The whole thing of being in music is not to control it but to be swept away by it. If you're swept away by it you can't wait to do it again and the same magical moments always come” (Kelman).
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