Background on The Great Gatsby & The Roaring Twenties. Overhead:. Per Capita Income The Geographical Picture. Prohibition. On January 16, 1919, the United Staets Congress passed the 18 th Amendment to the Constitution. Liquor, beer, and wine = illegal.
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-A rebirth- or renaissance- of African-American arts.
-Poets, artists, novelists, musicians, and dancers came from all over the world to participate
-Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, and ZoraNeale Hurston.
Bathtub gin: homemade gin
Bootleg: make or sell illegal liquor
Gaga: crazy, silly
Jalopy: old car
Malarkey: lies, nonsense
Talkie: movie with sound
-Young women who bobbed their hair, wore short skirts, and used makeup (“applied to young ladies in the crude or immature state”).
-The name came from the fad of wearing rubber galoshes unbuckled and flapping open.
-Shocked the older generation by smoking cigarettes, swearing, drinking, and kissing men they didn’t necessarily intend to marry.