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A (very quick) intro to the 1920s. English 10. The Roaring 20s and the Lost Generation. Lost Generation Those who grew up between World War I (ended in 1918) and the stock market crash/Great D epression (1929) Production was high and money was more accessible

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The roaring 20s and the lost generation
The Roaring 20s and the Lost Generation

  • Lost Generation

    • Those who grew up between World War I (ended in 1918) and the stock market crash/Great Depression (1929)

  • Production was high and money was more accessible

    • People could buy on credit… did not need the money right then

  • A push toward high-class culture

  • Wanting to achieve the American Dream


The american dream
The American dream

  • The belief that upward mobility can be achieved through hard work

  • In the 1920s, achieving the American Dream was demonstrated by what you owned/possessed

  • According to the American Dream, you can achieve anything you want as long as you work hard

    • What problems get in the way?

    • Who is the American Dream attainable for?

    • Who has a far less likely chance of achieve it?


Moving to the city
Moving to the City

  • Cities were the central hotspot of the economy, as well as social life

  • Cities like New York (especially Harlem), Chicago, and Paris boomed with a cultural renaissance

  • Renaissance: a time of great revival in culture, art, and literature


Consumerism
Consumerism

  • This was a time to buy buy buy!

  • Money felt easy to come by

  • Products were more affordable because of great strides in production

  • You could borrow money and pay it back later, so people spent what they did not have, often on things they did not need


Women s movement s
Women’s movement(s)

  • The right to vote: 1920

  • Flapper fashion

    • A new breed of women in America

    • Short skirts, bobbed hair, etc.

    • Listened to jazz, smoked, drank, swore, casual sex, etc.

    • Whatever was considered “acceptable behavior” to the older generation was met with disdain


The downside of ambition
The Downside of Ambition

  • With a rapid push toward the American Dream and wanting financial success…

  • Corruption was on the rise

  • Illegal trades of alcohol and other substances

  • Gambling

  • Gangsters

    • Al Capone and Prohibition


The lost generation writers
The Lost Generation - Writers

  • A group of writers who viewed America’s obsession with material wealth as dangerous

  • Life was viewed as superficial

    • Material wealth over personal substance

    • People were “selling their souls” for a chance at financial gain

  • This idea is a theme of our novel, The Great Gatsby


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