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Assignment 1 - Brian Ruben MUJZ 419 TTH 2 1. Much of the...

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Brian Ruben MUJZ 419 TTH 2 1. Much of the social life in New Orleans revolved around music and dance. It was also an atypical American city such that blacks and whites were in closer physical contact than in many other American cities, which opened up the black and white communities to each other’s music. During the early part of the 20 th century, New Orleans focused much of its attention on pleasure seeking activities, as opposed to cities such as Boston and Philadelphia, which were still influenced by Calvinism. 2. From roughly 1880 to 1920, the shift from the “old rural, agrarian system, built around independent farm families, villages, and small towns, to the big-city industrial economy” served as a catalyst for the decline of Victorianism and the introduction of Modernism (Collier 6). Victorianism focused on aspects of decency, order, and self- respect in one’s life. In doing so, the Victorian influenced a very rigid lifestyle that allowed for little or no alcohol consumption, limited sex to married couples, and discouraged suggestive dancing, nudity, and swearing. This Victorian lifestyle was very unappealing to many young people at the turn of the century, as they viewed it as a confining means to keep people from experiencing joy or pleasure in life. At the same time many young people doubted certain aspects dictated by Victorian ideals, the large
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