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The “ Era of Wonderful Nonsense ” brought fun in many forms. ADVERTISEMENT. JAZZ. CARS. CREDIT. Culture of the 1920s. FADS. RADIO. MOVIES. PROHIBITION. Fad : an activity or a fashion that is taken up with great passion for a short time. Flagpole sitting Dance Marathons

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The era of wonderful nonsense brought fun in many forms
The “Era of Wonderful Nonsense” brought fun in many forms

ADVERTISEMENT

JAZZ

CARS

CREDIT

Culture of the 1920s

FADS

RADIO

MOVIES

PROHIBITION


Fad an activity or a fashion that is taken up with great passion for a short time
Fad: an activity or a fashion that is taken up with great passion for a short time

  • Flagpole sitting

  • Dance Marathons

  • Crossword Puzzles

  • Mah-Jongg

  • Charleston: dance originating in S. Carolina—moving to a quick beat, dancers pivoted their feet while kicking out first one leg, then the other, backward & forward

I’m going to teach you how!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNAOHtmy4j0


Flappers young women who rebelled against traditional ways of thinking acting
Flappers: young women who rebelled against traditional ways of thinking & acting

  • Wore hair bobbed, dresses short, bright red lipstick

  • To older Americans, flappers behaved & looked shockingly ridiculous

  • Smoked cigarettes in public

  • Drank alcohol in speak-easies

  • Drove fast cars

  • Very few were flappers – but soon older women would start trimming their hair & wearing shorter skirts & makeup


The era of wonderful nonsense brought fun in many forms
Jazz

  • Jazz: music style that developed from blues, ragtime & other earlier styles

  • Louis Armstrong: (1901-1971) one of the young African American musicians who helped create jazz

    • Learned to play the trumpet in a New Orleans orphanage

    • Experimentation with a simple melody paired with notes & rhythm

  • Many older Americans worried that jazz & new dances were a bad influence on the nation’s young people


New writers
New Writers

  • Many had horrifying experiences in WW1

  • Many criticized U.S. for caring to much about money & fun

  • Some moved to Paris because they were unhappy in the states

    • Expatriates: people who leave their own country to live in a foreign land


Hemingway fitzgerald
Hemingway & Fitzgerald

  • Hemingway – was a teenager when WW1 broke out

    • Drove an ambulance on the Italian front

    • A Farewell to Arms (novel – young man’s growing disgust with war

    • The Sun Also Rises – examined the life of expatriates in Europe

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • The Great Gatsby - examined the lives of wealthy young people who attended endless parties but could not find happiness

      • Flappers, bootleggers, moviemakers


Other writers
Other Writers

  • Sinclair Lewis

    • Babbitt – wrote novels that presented small-town Americans as dull & narrow-minded

    • First American to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1930


Mckay if we must die condemning lynching mob violence that black americans suffered after ww1
McKay - “If We Must Die” condemning lynching & mob violence that black Americans suffered after WW1

“If we must die, let it not be like hogsHunted & penned in an inglorious spot,While ‘round us bark the mad & hungry dogs,Making their mock at our accursed lot.If we must die, O let us nobly die,So that our precious blood may not be shedIn vain; then even the monsters we defyShall be constrained to honor us though dead!O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,& for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!What though before us lies the open grave?Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!”


Harlem renaissance a rebirth of african american culture
Harlem Renaissance: a rebirth of African American culture

  • Large #s of African American musicians, artists & writers settled in Harlem, NY in the 1920s

  • Celebrated heritage

  • Protested prejudice & racism

  • Whites notice black achievements


Langston hughes
Langston Hughes

  • Poet

  • Encouraged African Americans to be proud of their heritage

  • Wrote parallels between African Americans living on the Mississippi with Africans living along the Nile


Sports
Sports

  • Bobby Jones – Golf

  • Jack Dempsey – heavyweight boxing

  • Red Grange the “Galloping Ghost”- college football (University of Illinois)

  • Babe Ruth the “Sultan of Swat”—Baseball (most loved sport) NY Yankees

    • 714 HR record until 1974


Lucky lindy
Lucky Lindy

  • Charles A. Lindbergh

    • May, 1927 – nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean alone

    • 33 hour journey on the Spirit of Saint Louis, out of NY

    • No map, no parachute, no radio

    • Landed in Paris, France