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Unformatted text preview: places, they created their own communities
that maintained their cultures.
Suburbia – The car made Americans take to the
roads, and to the suburbs, which increasingly
resisted annexation to the cities.
Increasing Life Expectancy/Decreasing Birth Rate
– People lived longer due to better nutrition and
sanitation, and they had fewer kids.
Pensions – As mentioned earlier, old age
pensions were an issue during the twenties due to
people living longer. Though some felt people
should just save in their youth, reformers began to
win out on the state level.
New Appliances – There were fewer servants, so
women managed the household on their own with
the aid of the new electrical appliances.
Employment for Women – Women continued to
go into the work force, but sex segregation
continued. More minority women worked than
white women, as their husbands were more
commonly unemployed or in low paying jobs.
New Values – Them shockin’ young people!
Smoking, drinking, swearing, and openness about
sex began to become fashionable in the cities.
196 Dear me. Then of course there was the flapper,
and the new more assertive woman.
- Out of all this, perhaps the most important thing to
remember: The movement towards the suburbs and
cities [as well as the radio] helped the new mass culture
spread. With that…
*Cultural Trends: Popular and Otherwise*
- The 1920s witnessed the birth of a new mass culture
and more leisure time for Americans. New forms of
entertainment and culture included: Movies – Silent film, then sound with The Jazz
Singer. Most movies were escapist fantasies, and
people flocked to see the hot new movie stars like
Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo –
okay, this is NOT supposed to be about that! Sports – With mass culture came a loss of
individuality, so people looked to sports figures as
representatives of the triumph of the unique
individual. “Lucky Lindy” is another example of
this type of hero-worship. Prohibition or Lack Thereof – People still drank in
speakeasies and such, and all the Eighteenth
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