The 1920s Age of Contraditctions

Ironically, a reform movement designed to protect the home and the American family, produced some of the most notable changes in nightlife of the era. The culture of the speak-easy, the flapper and the bootlegger - a sense of excitement and danger that sprung from the illicit - were produced in reaction to pressure to create stable homes, squeaky clean children and upstanding factory workers. A movement that was designed to limit the behavior of immigrants, encouraged ethnically organized criminal organizations. Prohibition is an excellent example of tension between the new and the old during the 1920s.

The video clip below from Ken Burns' series provides a good introduction to the era.

This is a lovely modernist painting that I put into the presentation because I liked the colors.

If I were writing a sample explanation for this text, I would be focusing upon the use of colors to signal mood and the stress upon evoking feeling through the use of contrasting colors. As photography improved, artists no longer needed to pay attention to rendering their scenes accurately or in three dimensions. They stopped trying to render accurate physical descriptions. They started trying to render emotional descriptions.

This is William Jenning Bryan, who was a populist, evangelical, teetotaler, and Vice_President. He was also the lead counsel for the prosecution in the Scopes Trial. Bryan represents the conservative vision of his time: a wish to return to mainline Protestant ethics, a desire to help the common man, a concern for the farmer and a suspicion that technology and consumerism did not equate with progress.

This is Bryan's Wife.... She has a nice hat.

Last Call for Alcohol

So, this is where I would put my paragraph or two of discussion.


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