The 1920's: Decade of Change
The Jazz Age: "For many Americans, [the 1920's] growth of cities, the rise of a consumer culture, the upsurge of mass entertainment, and the so-called "revolution in morals and manners" represented liberation from the restrictions of the country's Victorian past."
The 1920's - Digital History
The Century: America's Time - 1920-1929: Boom To Bust - ABC with Peter Jennings
Harlem Renaissance: "The Harlem Renaissance was a significant movement in African American literature and other arts during the 1920’s and early 1930’s. This artistic “renaissance,” which means rebirth, was set in Harlem, an area in New York City that was the center of African American cultural life during the period."
World Book Online
The Harlem Renaissance - Teacher Tube
Roaring fashion: "The 1920s was a frenetic decade, magical with change and gaiety and never repeated or forgotten. The era signaled the end of a terrible war and banished Victorian inhibitions and restrictions."
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History of Fashion: The Roaring Twenties - vintage2Versace video
Prohibition: "Prohibition made life in America more violent, with open rebellion against the law and organized crime."
The Volstead Act - National Archives
CSPAN in the Classroom: Click the clips at the top of the video
Consumer Culture: "Installment credit soared during the 1920s. Banks offered the country's first home mortgages. Manufacturers of everything--from cars to irons--allowed consumers to pay "on time." About 60 percent of all furniture and 75 percent of all radios were purchased on installment plans. In contrast to a Victorian society that had placed a high premium on thrift and saving, the new consumer society emphasized spending and borrowing."
From Boom to Bust in the 1920's
Why did many Americans in the 1920's spend excessively and in what ways did this cause problems at the end of the era?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "As a social historian, Fitzgerald became identified with the Jazz Age: 'It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire, 'he wrote in Echoes of the Jazz Age.' "
A Brief Life of Fitzgerald - South Carolina library
Mini biography - Biography.com
In what ways did F. Scott Fitzgerald capture the spirit of the 1920's?
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