The 1920s - Research

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The "Roaring Twenties," the "Jazz Age," the "Golden Age"; what happened in this decade that made it so "roaring, jazzy, and golden?" What made up the twenties? Known for fun, style, and prosperity, the ‘20s were one of the most exciting, controversial, and productive periods in America. This paper will cover some (not all) of the significant events and inventions that happened in this revolutionary decade. Well-known parts of the "Jazz Age" include, jazz, flappers, fashion, and the radio. Also notorious for being a reckless, irresponsible, and materialistic era, the 1920s also had some infamous problems; Prohibition, gangsters, and the start of the great Depression. Many new things arose in this era. The new technologies that became …show more content…
The first Oscar movie was made by Paramount pictures. Metro Goldwyn Mayer film-making studios was also founded. Mickey Mouse became America's favorite cartoon character in Steamboat Willie. Pooh Bear was also created and was very popular for young children. The music of the time was jazz . . . Jazz, blues, and ragtime. These were all popular along with swing dancing. The Charleston was one of the better-known dances. Most of the twenties' forms of entertainment didn't die out, but evolved with time into something more advanced. Movies, radio, and the music all survived (not so much the specific styles of music). But the roots of these kinds of entertainment can all be found in that decade. Art and theater were more popular than ever in the 1920s. Early modernism in art began at the turn of the century and continued through World War II. Modern styles of art included abstract expressionism, realism, and surrealism. The best museums featured shows by the important artists who used these styles. Broadway reached an all time peak. There were 276 plays offered in 1927 in New York City. (This is a lot compared to only 50-something in the 1970s.) Historians argue over exactly how many theaters there were. Some say eighty, some say seventy, but everyone agreed that Broadway was booming in the 1920s. After the war, the American population was moving more and more into the cities. In response to the many social changes in America, the new

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