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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 Amendme...
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