Unformatted text preview: The Jazz Age
Society in the 1920s
Mass Media in the Jazz Age
Cultural Conflicts The Jazz Age
The The 1920s were a time of rapid social change in which many people – particularly women – adopted new lifestyles and attitudes. Setting the Stage
Setting 1880s: Industrialization and immigration.
WWI accelerated urbanization and what happened to men in the war made the young question traditional values. The Flapper
The Breezy, slangy, and informal in manner; slim and boyish in form; covered in silk and fur that clung to her as close as onion skin; with vivid red cheeks and lips, plucked eyebrows and closefitting helmet of hair; gay, plucky and confident. The Flapper
The Wore shorter dresses than their mothers. (9
inch hemline for mom)
Short hair and hats to show off short hair Bobbed hair Wore make up
Drank and smoked in public The Flapper
The Not many women were full flappers.
But changes were happening. Parents didn’t like it! Women Working and Voting
Women Working and Voting More women chose flapper hair and clothes because they were simpler for the working girl. Convenience Women working in the 1920s
Women working in the 1920s 15% of women were professionals
20% had clerical jobs
By 1930 29% of the workforce was women. Women working in the 1920s
Women working in the 1920s BUT
Business was prejudiced against women.
Seldom trained women for jobs beyond entry level
Did not pay same wage as men.
Married or pregnant often meant you were fired. Women and the Vote
Women and the Vote 1920 – women were allowed to vote.
1920 only 35% of the women eligible to vote – did vote.
By 1928 145 women in state legislatures. Jeanette Rankin – first woman congresswoman. From Montana TRIVIA:
TRIVIA: In Nebraska the first woman in the legislature was NELL KRAUSE (1946) First woman mayor was Mrs. Arabelle Hanna of Superior (1956 –1964) Americans on the Move
Americans on the Move Demographics: Statistics that describe a population. Race
Income Americans on the move
Americans on the move 1920: First time in American history that there were more people living in cities than on farms. Americans on the Move
Americans on the Move 1920s: Farming was not profitable. 6 million farmers or their children left the farms for the cities. People coming to the cities
People coming to the cities Realization that education was important. 1920: 2.2 million had high school diplomas
1930:4.4 million Rural education often ended at 8th grade for farm children. Rural v. Urban
Rural v. Urban Rural Americans didn’t like the flappers and thought the cities were dangerous places.
Wanted to preserve their “traditional” life. African Americans in the North
African Americans in the North Jim Crow laws in the South limited life for African Americans. Lack of education
Lack of housing
Lack of jobs
Lynching African Americans Move North
African Americans Move North 1865: 93% of African Americans lived in the South.
BUT Jobs weren’t much better in the North
Racial hatred in North
Women often worked as lowpaid domestics. Other Migrations
Other Migrations 1920s: Laws against immigrants from: China
Eastern Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc)
Southern Europe (Italy and Greece) Other Migrations
Other Migrations Immigrants from Mexico to fill low pay jobs.
Most worked farms in California and ranches in Texas.
migrants to cities developed BARRIOS – Spanish speaking neighborhoods. LA: Mexican barrio
NYC: Puerto Rican barrio Growth of Suburbs
Growth of Suburbs Electric trolley cars and buses got people from jobs in the city to suburbs quickly and cheaply. TRIVIA
TRIVIA Lincoln’s bike paths are the old trolley car routes. Notice walks up to houses from the path. American Heroes
American Charles Lindbergh Lucky Lindy
May 20, 1927: First man to fly nonstop New York to Paris.
33 ½ hours
THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS – plane
Won $25,000 Charles Lindbergh
Learned to fly in Lincoln, NE!
Was even more respected for his modesty about his fame. Charles Lindbergh
Charles Made other flights surveying and advising airlines. Tragedy in his life. Kidnapping and murder of his firstborn son.
Seen as being pro
Hitler when WWII began. Amelia Earhart
Amelia 1928 – first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane.
1932 – first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
First to fly from Hawaii to California. Amelia Earhart
Amelia 1937 – was on a journey to be the first to circumnavigate the world in a plane.
Disappeared over the Pacific. Mystery SPORTS HEROES OF THE SPORTS HEROES OF THE 1920s Radio, newsreels, and more sports reporting made sports BIG business.
Jack Dempsey 1921 – world heavyweight champion boxer. Sports Heroes of the 1920s
Sports Heroes of the 1920s Jim Thorpe Won gold medals in the Olympics in the decathlon and the pentathlon.
Played professional baseball
Played professional football
First president of the NFL The Sultan of Swat
The Sultan of Swat George Herman “Babe” Ruth
Between playing for the Yanks and the Sox – 714 homeruns.
Unbroken record for 40 years. Women Athletes
Women Athletes Gertrude Ederle – Olympic swimmer 1924.
First woman to swim the 35 miles of the English Channel Beat the men’s record by 2 hours. Women Athletes
Women Athletes Hazel Wightman
Helen Wills Olympic and Wimbledon tennis stars. Amateur Athletics
Amateur Athletics 1920s more people were playing sports. Better transportation
More leisure time
Golf, tennis, swimming Can you answer?
Can you answer? How did the flapper symbolize change for women in the 1920s? What conditions brought about the demographic shifts of the 1920s? How did a barrio develop in Los Angeles in the 1920s? Mass Media and the Jazz Age
Mass Media and the Jazz Age The founding of Hollywood Drew film makers to the area in 1900.
Variety of landscapes (mountains, desert, ocean)
Lighting was better
Large work force from LA. Mass Media in the Jazz Age
Mass Media in the Jazz Age UNTIL 1920s the US had been a collection of regional cultures. Accents differed
Entertainment differed Mass Media and the Jazz Age
Mass Media and the Jazz Age Films, national newspapers and radio created the “national” culture of the country. Do you hear as many accents anymore? Movies
Movies 1910 – 5,000 theaters in the country.
1930 – 22,500 theaters
1929 – 125 million Americans. 80 million movie tickets were sold every week. Movies
Movies Until 1927 movies were silent.
The first sound film THE JAZZ SINGER – 1927 Al Jolson
Going to the “talkies” was a popular pastime. Stars of the 1920s
Stars of the 1920s Greta Garbo Swedish star
“I want to be alone.” Stars of the 1920s
Stars of the 1920s Charlie Chaplin The Tramp movies Stars of the 1920s
Stars of the 1920s Clara Bow – the first “It” girl Stars of the 1920s
Stars of the 1920s Lillian Gish Delicate heroine Stars of the 1920s
Stars of the 1920s Harold Lloyd Physical comedian Newspapers and Magazines
Newspapers and Magazines Golden Age of newspapers.
EVERY town had a newspaper.
The rise of newspaper chains. Some owners had monopolies on the news in their states. Newspapers
Newspapers Tabloids – more on entertainment, fashion, sports and sensational stories.
The New York DAILY MIRROR “90% entertainment, 10% information – and the information without boring you.” Newspapers
Newspapers More Americans began to share the same information, read the same events, and encounter the same ideas and fashions.
Created a common culture. Radio
Radio 1920 Westinghouse Electric engineer Frank Conrad put a transmitter in his garage in Pittsburgh. Read news, played music.
KDKA – the FIRST American radio station. Radio
Radio By 1922 500 radio stations across the country.
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) offered radio stations programming. The Jazz Age
The Jazz Age The radio audience and the African American migration to the cities made jazz popular. Improvisation of music
Syncopation – offbeat rhythm. The Jazz Age
The Jazz Age Young people were NUTS about jazz.
1929 – 60% of radio air time was playing jazz. Heroes of Jazz
Heroes of Jazz Louis Armstrong (1901 – 1974)
“Satchmo” and “The Gift”
New Orleans to Chicago to the world.
Trumpet and singing “scat” Jazz Heroes
Jazz Heroes “Duke” Ellington
17 years old – played jazz in clubs in Washington DC at night and painted signs in the day. Wrote thousands of songs and had his own band. Jazz Clubs and Dance Halls
Jazz Clubs and Dance Halls To hear the “real” jazz – NYC and the neighborhood of Harlem. 500 jazz clubs
Cotton Club the most famous
BUT Most white Americans did not want to hear jazz. Jazz Clubs
Jazz Clubs Artie Shaw – First to use black musicians for white audiences.
Benny Goodman – First to take jazz to white America. SWING
First racial mixed band. Jazz Influences on Art
Jazz Influences on Art Artists were showing the rougher side of life. Edward Hopper Art
Art Georgia O’Keefe turned to natural objects – flowers, bones, landscapes. Literature in the 1920s
Literature in the 1920s Attacked American society.
THE JUNGLE, ELMER GANTRY, MAIN STREET Upton Sinclair Eugene O’Neill Dark tragedies of everyday American life.
A LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Literature in the 1920s: The Literature in the 1920s: The Lost Generation Many writers, artists, and musicians went to Europe and most ended up in Paris Cheap living
Intellectual tolerance The Lost Generation
The Lost Generation F. Scott Fitzgerald Wife Zelda
THE GREAT GATSBY
THE SUN ALSO RISES
Showed the people of the jazz age – including their self
centered and shallow ways. The Lost Generation
The Lost Generation Edna St. Vincent Millay “My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – It gives a lovely light.” Harlem Renaissance
Harlem Renaissance 1914: 50,000 African Americans in Harlem.
Nora Neale Hurston THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD. Harlem Renaissance: Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes Poet, short story writer, journalist and playwright.
Joys and difficulties of being human, American and being black.
See page 465 for a sample of his work. Flapper Slang
Flapper Slang See page 464 for the vocabulary of the flapper. (HINT, HINT) Questions to ponder:
Questions to ponder: How did the mass media help create common cultural experiences?
Why are the 1920s called the Jazz Age and how did the jazz spirit affect the arts?
How did the writers of the Lost Generation respond to the popular culture?
What subjects did the Harlem Renaissance writers explore? Cultural Conflicts in the 1920s
Cultural Conflicts in the 1920s PROHIBITION The 18th Amendment to the Constitution
Made manufacturing of alcohol illegal.
Most people chose to ignore it.
See page 467 Goals of Prohibition
Goals of Prohibition Eliminate drunkenness Get rid of saloons Causing abuse of family Prostitution, gambling dens Prevent absenteeism and onthejob accidents stemming from drunkenness How Effective was How Effective was Prohibition? They drank in the White House
1924 – Kansas had 95% of people obeying the law not to drink.
Only 5% of New Yorkers obeyed the law. Contrast between rural and urban moral values. Bootlegging
Bootlegging Those that would manufacture, sell and transport liquor, beer, and wine. Bootleggers
Bootleggers Started from drinkers who hid flasks in the leg of their boots. Bootleggers
Bootleggers Stills to make alcohol Corn: grain alcohol (VERY alcoholic) and some whiskey
Rye Grain: gin and whiskey Bathtub gin Bootleggers
Bootleggers Canadians were making whiskey.
Caribbean was making rum.
Smugglers took ships out to sea, met speed boats who outran the Coast Guard to harbors where they transported the alcohol to warehouses. Speakeasies
Speakeasies Bars that operated illegally. To get into a speakeasy – you needed a password or be recognized by a guard.
Sometimes hidden behind legit businesses. Speakeasies
Speakeasies Before Prohibition the whole state of Massachusetts had 1,000 saloons.
AFTER Prohibition Boston alone had 4,000 speakeasies and 15,000 bootleggers. Organized Crime
Organized Crime Early in Prohibition – there was competition between gangs to supply liquor to speakeasies. Organized Crime
Organized Crime Territories expanded and gang warfare erupted over turf and control of the liquor. Tommy Guns Sawed off shotguns
Murder on the streets Organized Crime
Organized Crime Expanded into other crimes Gambling
Murder Incorporated Organized Crime
Organized Crime Racketeering
Bribe police and other government officials to ignore what they are doing.
Gangsters forced businesses to pay a fee for “protection” If you didn’t pay … Organized Crime
Organized Crime 157 bombs in 1928 Chicago! Al Capone
Al Capone The most famous and brutal gangsters were in Chicago.
Racketeering was EVERYWHERE Chicago and his suburb of Cicero Alfonse “Scarface” Capone
Alfonse “Scarface” Capone 18991947
Born in NYC to Sicilian immigrants.
Dropped out of school at 14.
Nasty fighter reputation.
Moved to Chicago in 1919. Al Capone
Al Capone 200 murders are directly tied to Capone.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was also his work.
With Prohibition, he made $100,000,000. Al Capone
Al Capone Al Capone
Al Capone For all his murders and assaults, he was eventually imprisoned for not paying taxes.
Ended up at Alcatraz Prison.
Released early and died of syphilis Matters of Religion
Matters of Religion Rural “Values” v. City “Values”
The rise of fundamentalism Concerns about science and technology were playing in life Fundamentalism
Fundamentalism War and widespread problems of modern society caused people to question if God existed.
Some scholars said the Bible was a work of fiction. Fundamentalism
Fundamentalism Fundamentalism said God inspired the Bible so it cannot contain contradictions or errors. It was literal truth. Fundamentalism
Fundamentalism Gained tremendous attention in the 1920s. Billy Sunday
Aimee Semple McPherson “Sister Aimee”
William Jennings Bryan Evolution and the Scopes Evolution and the Scopes Monkey Trial Fundamentalists in Tennessee passed a law saying that evolutionary theory could not be taught in schools. 1925, high school biology teacher, John Scopes taught his students about Charles Darwin.
Was arrested that day. The Scopes Monkey Trial
The Scopes Monkey Trial Drama between two of the best lawyers in the nation Clarence Darrow
William Jennings Bryan
Mass media allowed 2 million people to listen to the trial. The Scopes Monkey Trial
The Scopes Monkey Trial Dramatic moment and never done since.
Darrow put Bryan on the stand to testify as an expert on the Bible. Showed flaws in some of his logic The Scopes Monkey Trial
The Scopes Monkey Trial Darrow lost the case but won the point with the public. Darrow a defender of science and reason
Bryan was a martyr for the cause Died days after the trial ended. Racial Tensions: Violence Racial Tensions: Violence Against African Americans 1919: Red Summer Race riots between white and black in Omaha, Tulsa, Washington DC and Chicago. 1919 Race Riot in Omaha
1919 Race Riot in Omaha "Pretty little Agnes Loebeck ... was assaulted ... by an unidentified negro at twelve O'clock last night, while she was returning to her home in company with Millard [sic] Hoffman 1919 Race Riot
1919 Race Riot That evening, the police took a suspect to the Loebeck home. Agnes and her boyfriend Milton Hoffman (they were later married) identified a black packinghouse worker named Will Brown as the assailant. Brown was 41 years old and suffered from acute rheumatism 1919 Race Riot of Omaha
1919 Race Riot of Omaha Racial Tensions: Omaha
Racial Tensions: Omaha September 29, 1919 Racial Tensions
Racial Tensions Many in the North joined the Ku Klux Klan.
Lynchings happened in the North. Revival of the Klan
Revival of the Klan See page 472 for the description of why men should join the Klan.
1924 4 million members
Most Kan memberships came from Indiana
Prejudice against non
whites, non Christian, nonProtestants, Jews, immigrants, etc. Didn’t leave many people to like! Fighting Discrimination
Fighting Discrimination NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Worked to end lynching. No national laws – but did get a number of states to comply.
1929 – 10 lynchings in the country Fighting Discrimination
Fighting Discrimination NAACP: Worked to get better voting rights for African Americans NOT much success The Garvey Movement
The Garvey Movement Some African Americans frustrated by violence and discrimination dreamed of a new homeland. The Marcus Garvey The Marcus Garvey Movement Banks and business investment for just African Americans.
Urged a return to “Motherland Africa” to create a new country. Started “Black Pride” from prison and after he was deported to Jamaica. W.E.B. Dubois
W.E.B. Dubois Didn’t think the answer was separation of the races. Also didn’t approve of Garvey’s business practices. ...
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