The Roaring 20's A Time Of Rebellion and change

Jaelia's Book: Bright Young Things, By: Anna Godbersen

Ava's Book: Great Gatsby, By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anabelle's Book: Uprising, By: Margaret Peterson

War And Peace

Jaelia

In my book, there is a sort of social war going on. It focuses a little on how the classes were still divided and mainly points out the Old and New money. The Old Money were the aristocrats who inherited their money from generation after generation. They were viewed as reckless with their money and they had a lot to spend. The New Money were the people who had created their own lives and took charge of their own situations and made money for themselves. Although they were also very rich, they had to spend their money much more cautiously than the Old. Although this was not mentioned in my book, the average American in New York was viewed as very poor and did not have a lot a money.

Ava

The 1920s represented the end of World War 1, a lift on a great burden to many people. It also represented an increase in extreme political movements such as communism and fascism. The American public at this time favored Republican politicians over Democratic or any other party. An escalation in the fear of radicals and foreigners led to a decrease in immigration and the emergence of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. During this time, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was formed. This stated that countries could not to use war to resolve "disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them."

Anabelle

In the Uprising, there are many society against society conflicts. One is women versus society, where women were fighting for their equal rights but the government was against it. Also, there were fights between people who are and people who are against prohibition laws. Riots were everywhere, some were pro-prohibition and others wanted alcohol back. Lastly, there were rebels versus society. People were frustrated with what the world was becoming to be because of all of the new fashion trends and parties the rebels were throwing.

Pop Culture

Jaelia

My book mentioned the change in music during the 1920s. The 1920s was also called the Jazz Age because of the new styles of music that were presented. My book doesn’t talk about the music much but it includes a part that mentions the jazzy music playing in the background.

Ava

Pop culture of the 1920s was representative of the past-times; celebrations and money spending. Symbols of the culture were flappers, automobiles, jazz music, parties, etc. The radio was developed at this time and was immensely popular. Oscar winning movies included Wings, The Broadway Melody, and All Quiet on the Western Front. From this time, jazz music became a beloved form of music. Music also became a growing industry at this time, providing many employment opportunities.

Anabelle

After reading, I could clearly tell what pop culture was like during the roaring 20's. There were parties day and night. People would listen to the radio, watch television, and go to the movies, much like we do today. Also, advertisers used flappers on build boards to allure people to buy the stuff they are selling. Flappers ended up becoming a craze so women dressed and looked like flappers to express their independence and freedom.

Technological Advances

Jaelia

There were many technological advances in the 1920s. The first automobile was invented by Henry Ford and silent movies became a popular form of entertainment. In my book, the main characters go to a movie. Radios were also a popular invention in the 20’s and one could be found in almost every house. There were also many medical advances in medicines and surgeries.

Ava

The 1920s was a time of new inventions and discoveries. Because of the end of the war, America was in economic prosperity. The first car, Henry Ford’s Model T., was invented and allowed for easier transportation. Radios, another popular invention, were found in almost every American home. A form of entertainment called “silent movies” were introduced to the public and were relatively mainstream.

Anabelle

Many new inventions and improvements were made in the 1920's. Some of these inventions include the hairdryer, traffic lights, automobiles, lie detectors, radio, and television. Another major invention was the sewing machine which were used in factories usually for women's jobs like how Bella used sewing machines in the book.

Jazz Age

Jaelia

During this period of time, there were many new ideas of dance and music. Dancing such as the Charleston and many others were very common. The characters in my book go out dancing some nights in the book as dancing was very popular during this time era.

Ava

The Jazz Age was a post-World War I movement in the 1920s from which jazz music and dance emerged. The rise of its popularity is due to an increase in radios and recording technology. It is credited to African Americans experimenting with new music styles. The dispersal of jazz across the country is owed to musicians moving across the country. Popular jazz musicians include “Jelly Roll” Morton, Bessie Smith, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter.

Anabelle

In the 1920's jazz music began to be very popular throughout the United States. Jazz female singers helped pave a way for future female artist. Jazz music and dance emerged from African Americans but became popular due to both black and white peoples influence. Many jazz bands would perform and record live on stage.

Women's Rights

Jaelia

Many women were trying to break free of the stereotypes and traditional roles given to them. “Flappers” emerged and a new fashion was created. They began to put aside traditional views and began to get a little crazier with the partying. In my book,the main characters named Letty and Cordelia were flappers living in New York City. My book focused mainly on women’s changing roles in society. Later, after hundreds of protests and riots, women were also given the right to vote.

Ava

Women's rights became an important topic of the 1920s. A tremendous victory of the time are the women's suffrage movements, which influenced thousands of people. Another victory of the movement was the passing of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote. The first convention devoted to women’s rights in the United States was held July 19–20, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. This was an important step in the right direction for women and their rights.

Anabelle

Almost all women in America were rioting and pushing towards women equality. They wanted the right to vote, and be able to have the same jobs and pay as men. Women would riot and go on strike during their work hours to protest, just like Bella and her friends did in the book. Eventually their plan ended up working after many years of standing up for what was right.

Prohibition

Jaelia

Prohibition was when the transportation, production, and consumption of alcoholic beverages was banned. In my book, Cordelia, the main character, goes on a search to find her father who is a bootlegger. A bootlegger is a person who illegally produces and sells alcohol. Prohibition laws were in place from 1920-1933.

Ava

Prohibition, the act of banning alcohol, was upholded from 1920 to 1933. It was due to the ratification of the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. It was difficult to uphold, due to the fact that people just distributed alcohol illegally instead of ceasing to have it. The increase of gang violence and other crimes was accredited to the act of prohibition. Because of this, the 18th Amendment had waning support and was cut off in 1933

Anabelle

In the Uprising, some people wanted prohibition laws to pass while others were completely against it and wanted to keep the alcohol. People were drinking illegally after prohibition laws passed. This caused a rise in gang violence and other crimes in their cities. This made many more people support prohibition now more than before in order to keep a safe country.

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