Background to The Great Gatsby. World War I. Post WWI. Standard of living increased for most Americans abandoned small towns in exchange for urban living Economy prospered as Americans tried to forget troubles of war - frivolous spending - illegal liquor - immorality.
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- frivolous spending
- illegal liquor
WWI made Americans question traditional ideals.
Literature and art denied foundations of the past and went for the new.
The philosophy of the Jazz Age was called “modernism."