Essay about Rapid Changes During the Jazz Age

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Conflict covered the world in the early 1900s during WWI. After four long years of fighting treaties were signed. Following Armistice Day a new era began. New ideas and trends swept over the world after WWI in the era called the Jazz Age. During the Jazz Age, Paris became the center of the artistic movement. Artists of all sorts from every corner of the globe traveled to Paris. Ernest Hemingway was there during this time, and his life in 1920s Paris is documented in his memoir A Moveable Feast. Along with Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Cole Porter were all prominent figures in the artistic movement in the Jazz Age (Weber). Gertrude Stein hosted gatherings of numerous now-acclaimed…show more content…
Everything changed in the United States during this era. Even though the United States only took part in WWI for one year, the society changed drastically during this time. The seemingly perfect world that people once lived in no longer existed. The youth rebelled against the social constrictions ,and women started to do things unimaginable beforehand. Jazz was on the rise with musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong taking the lead. The Temperance Movement attributed the carefree lifestyle of society to alcohol eventually bringing about the Prohibition. The Prohibition took effect in 1920 a year after the Eighteenth Amendment was passed. Even though there was a ban on alcohol the seemingly endless party of society still remained. The Volstead Act was passed in 1919 to clarify the Eighteenth Amendment, and created loopholes for purchasing alcohol. The act allowed people to drink alcohol if it was prescribed by a doctor. These types of prescriptions quickly became a new fad. Organized crime boomed during this time with the smuggling and sale of alcohol. Al Capone had rum from the Caribbean and whiskey from Canada smuggled through the borders. Secret bars called speakeasies were created to host the illegal alcohol intake. Since all of these dealings were illegal, speakeasies were always liable to be raided by a Prohibition officer. None of the money from the sale of alcohol went to the

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