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Escapism In The 1920s

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The Oxford English dictionary defines escapism as the “tendency to seek, or the practice of seeking, distraction from what normally has to be endured”. This definition could help explain why musical artists in the 1920s were more prone to focus on escapist themes such as privacy and romance rather than on political and social views of the time.
Given the amount of racism that persisted during the early 1920s, it would make sense for artists to make music that would enable them to seek an escape from the reality of everyday life. From a different perspective, (as we progress through the 20’s) we also see this as a time of optimism where race records and hillbilly records we able to cross over into other ethnic groups. With these different mixing
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