Flappers In The 1920's

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The 1920s was a period of revolution and liberation for women with the rise of “the new woman”, who experienced changes in both appearance and attitude, and the reconsideration of the purpose of sex. The 1920s gave birth to the flapper, the type of woman who rejected the traditional prudish values of the Victorian Era. Merriam-Webster defines a flapper as “a young woman; specifically: a young woman of the period of World War I and the following decade who showed freedom from conventions (as in conduct).” Flappers started to emerge because of the shift in the role of women in society. Women held more political power because of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and more and more women were entering the labor force. Women had more…show more content…
The Roaring Twenties was a time of change and innovation with the rise in new technology. Even though electricity was available to Americans before the 1920s only a small percentage of American household had electricity. By the height of the Roaring Twenties about two thirds of American households had electricity. With the rise of electricity came the popular household items such as the electric vacuum cleaner and the automatic washing machine. As the twenties proceeded the automobile because extremely popular. The young generation used the automobile to escape from the watchful eye of the older generations. Often, the automobile was used for scandalous meetings between lovers. Another innovation of the Roaring Twenties is film. Film became one of the main sources of entertainment for Americans during the 1920s. “By the mid-1920s movie theatres were selling 50 million tickets each week, a sum equal to roughly half the US population” (Zeitz). The movies theatre not only served as a source of entertainment, but the theaters also served as a classroom for the young generation. The young adults learned about love and sex is scandalous movies such as Flaming Youth. Movie theatres also served as a source of news and a place for propaganda and advertisements. Radio also experienced a vast expansion during the 1920s. Radio sparked a radical change the country’s awareness. News such as election results could be broadcasted live across the nation so that citizens could be more aware of what was going on in the country. Radio also provided a source of entertainment by broadcasting sporting events like the World Series. Radio contributed to liberalism by broadcasting “‘race music’, ‘hillbilly’ sounds, and ethnic recordings” into
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