Imagine you were doing a research paper on a decade such as the 1980s. Where would you start? With the economy? With politics? How about we start off with the latest fashion and fads. Women in the 1980s wore “Big Hair” or a “Mullet” with jean jackets and vans. Lots of teens wore Chuck Taylors (Converse). Little girls wore jelly shoes, the only shoes you could wear without socks. What decade would research and where would you start from? I’m researching the decade called “The 1980s”. Topics I’ve researched are fashion/fads, music/dance, recreation/leisure, politics, economy, values/culture, inventions/technology/print, and lastly, sports. Sounds like a lot of research, but it’s pretty interesting if you think about it. There’s a lot a decades to find and research. Find the one you’re interested in and start researching!
The era of the 1990’s was an explosive time in American history both figuratively and literally. In the 90’s there was an extreme variety of different failures and also advances in technology. We as a nation had new advancements in space travel, our military and the way of life preparing for the turn of the century. As a country we didn’t know what the new millennium had to bring for us, but we were ready. Most significantly changing America though was from our creativeness that took place, the fear we had, and our militaristic ways.
When society looks back at a decade, “the 80s” for example, the music of that time is what most clearly defines it. Music is an international language, a way to communicate, to spread a message. Two influential artists or bands I will discuss throughout this paper are The Beatles and Michael Jackson.
The 1980s started out like every other decade. There were new trends, music, and culture. But there was something about the 80s that set it apart from any other decade. It was the way its culture weaved it’s way into people’s hearts, and minds. The 80s fashion was influenced by music, and people wanting to try something new. Pop Culture in the 1980s can be summed up as trend setting and iconic because many things that were relevant during the decade are still around and or cherished today by many people. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and go back to a time to the 1980s.
During this time multiple inventions were created such like the radio, new dance moves, and even the drive-in restaurant. Entertainment started to be created in so many different places. The legends sport was created, boxing. This sport still not as popular as baseball (even to this day) was beginning to gain its popularity fast. The names of Joe Lynch and Paul Fritsch began to spread fast, and soon to be Jack Dempsey.
Although the two decades were different in themselves, there is still a parallel running between the two. Both were times of change, with popular culture culminated for the newly recognised youth, each decade had their own brand of pop music, and their own brand of teenagers.
The 1920’s was an era of role models and great heroes. This period was known as “The Golden Age” of sports. This was a time where Americans wanted to put the memory of the World War I in the past and appreciate life. It began with the Black Sox scandal of 1919 continuing with historic record breaking athletes. The introduction of radio made is easier for fans to follow their favorite teams. The economy of the United States was strong for most of the time. New and bigger stadiums were built and for the first time Americans began to pay money to watch such high level of competition. This is a decade to be remembered.
The transition from the multicultural era of the eighties to the postnetwork era of the nineties triggered abrupt changes in American media and culture.  From fashions to family life, relationships, and attitudes, many new cultural elements subsequently changed television portrayals of ordinary American culture within this time period. More specifically, the culture of the eighties is often characterized by the rise of MTV and megastars, techno music and club drugs, and popular fashions such as leather, leggings, and Ray Bans. Eighties culture can be described as the ‘bombdigity’ and nineties culture can be described as more toned down, moral, and ‘sweet’.
“The 1920s has been called the Golden Age of American Sports”(Sumner par 1). The roaring twenties had many sports icons and many sports upcomings. Some highlights of the Golden Age are from baseball, football, basketball, boxing, golf, and horse racing. All these sports were relevant and popular during the 20s. Sports has had an impact on society since the 1920s and still has an impact on society today through exciting sports and exciting players.
Whether it’s Michael Jordan shooting the game winning shot, Jim Kelly leading the buffalo bills to the super bowl, or the braves winning the world series of 1995, americans have always had a fascination with sports. Some people say that sports in the 1990’s was the best decade ever. Sports have provided many things for fans that watch them. Sports have allowed communities to grow stronger and provide great athletes to look up to. Sports in the 90’s has created unbreakable bonds between men women and children as they watch and participate in them.
The 1920s were full of tremendous athletes and sports that captivated the nation. People who had never been interested in sports now found themselves participating in recreational sports or following professional athletics. Sports continued to rapidly grow after the 1920s, eventually leading to present time, where many people of all ages and backgrounds have been impacted by sports somehow in their lives. However, none of this would have been possible without the arrival of the golden age of
Sports in the 1910’s continued to grow and become an increasingly popular pastime. This growth was very much a reaction to rural communities becoming urbanized in addition to people having more free time. This, in turn, allowed more opportunity for children and adults to get involved in sports, especially baseball, which was the most popular sport at the time. The increased urbanization and the development of communities also aided in the rising of popularity of sports by letting people who enjoyed sports not only spread influence but allowed them to create local organized sporting events. In addition to baseball, sports like boxing, American football, golf all increased in the span of their influence as their popularity grew which then led to those sports also becoming popular all across
Boxing was popular too. Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey was almost as famous as Ruth. Horse racing, golf, and tennis all had their fans. College basketball was still a young sport. Professional football and basketball were minor sports.
Modern sports has evolved and taken pieces of culture from many different decades throughout American history, but it is clear that the 1920’s out of all decades had the biggest impact on sports overall. The 1920’s was the Golden Age for the growth of sports because this time period included the need for escapism, racism in sports was at a high, and the nation was currently in economic prosperity.