5- american society in 1920s

5- american society in 1920s - A merican Society &...

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I. Areas of cultural Conflict a. Morals and Morality i. Abortion ii. Conflict between small town and urban culture iii. Areas of cultural conflict or change 1. Urban growth is easy to see 2. By the 1920’s people lived in the cities 3. For the 1 st time in US history – we are a urban country 4. Living in a city changes the way you behave a. In a city you have more freedom b. No one cares what you do now 5. Small town supervision is gone 6. Exposed to the Big City values and cultural – opposite of the small city values i. b. Small town culture based on: i. Hard work ii. Savings i. Work hard and save money b. Fixed Notion of sexuality i. Woman’s role is at home in the kitchen ii. No Premarital sex
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c. Fixed Gender Roles i. Men work, woman run the house hold 2. Urban Mass Culture Based on: a. Leisure i. More important than work b. Consumption i. Don’t save your money, buy things c. Flexible Notion of Sexuality i. Date outside the home ii. Can have sex before marriage d. Flexible gender roles 3. Traditional Standards: a. Out in small towns b. Fixed Morality/ Unchangeable i. Know what’s moral and immoral – Black and White c. “Right and Wrong” clear d. “Moral and Immoral “Clear e. Look to religion for Guidance i. Look to the bible for guidance 4. Urban Standards a. Almost the opposite i. Morality/ Changeable ii. “Right and Wrong” Situational
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iii. “Moral and Immoral” Situational iv. Look to science for guidance 5. Traditional Work Ethic Based on: a. Hard work b. Saving c. Reputation from work ethic 6. New Consumer Ethic Based on: a. Enjoy leisure time b. Buy now / Pay later [credit] c. Reputation from what you own II. Sources of change a. Urban Growth b. Revolt of intellectuals i. Told American how to act properly ii. “How to” books iii. Use experts to fix everything iv. ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union 1. Provide legal support who have had their constitutional rights violated v. Couple of intellectual revolutions going on 1. Psychology a. Sigman and Fraud – Theory of unconsisnist, you are only aware of what you really think, there are a whole other set of fears and emotions below the surface.
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b. Argues that those fears and emotions come up when you sleep
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2011 for the course HIST 2057 taught by Professor Rand during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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