Culture during the 20s-40s: Great Gatsby

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History has shown that music, dance and fashion have a great affect on society and culture. Iconic artists and performers, and particular events during these decades influenced many rebellious outbreaks going against societal norms. The “Roaring 20s” (1920-30), had a major impact on adolescent behavior in America, starting in New Orleans, moving into Chicago and later, New York City. Throughout the 1930s-1940s a new adolescent culture emerged, influenced by early upheavals during the 1920s. The twenties were years of prodigious changes and prosperity in many areas of society; for example, revolutionary changes in music and attitude of the people. In fact, this era was so centered on music that author; F. Scott Fitzgerald titled it, “The…show more content…
The Great Depression, which was the world’s biggest economic downfall/crashing of the stock market. It was unexpected that after such affluent times, that America would go through something this traumatic. The Great Depression did not have one main cause, there were many factors that played into this economic crisis that began in America, and then spread all around the world. With new technology emerging, factories were able to produce their items a lot quicker; this may seem like a positive factor now, but at the time their demand was not high enough, resulting in overproduction. In hopes of recovering from this setback in finance, America’s central banking system, the Federal Reserve, tried to raise interest rates to slow down the stock market, but instead of accomplishing their goal, their actions resulted in panic. This panic caused American’s to sell all of their stocks at once because of fear of borrowing and trading money. This selling of over 13 million shares of stocks resulted in what as known as, The Great Depression, starting in 1929 and lasting until approximately, 1939. (Hardman, John.) ("Postwar Social Changes.") The Great Depression affected everyone in America including the adolescents. Many teens felt as if they were a burden to their families, therefore they left them to “ride the rails”. This means that because of such low
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