1.1 Unit 4 Lesson 2 Notes 1: From Boom to Bust: The Social World of the 20’s and 30’s
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1.2 What you will learn:
What you will learn today. The 1920s and 1930s saw unique social, cultural, and artistic moves in our country. In this video, you will learn about the 1920s and 1930s and how these decades had a historical impact on, music, fads, people, sports, inventions.
1.3 Let’s Review
Let's review what we have learned previously. WWI had been won and everyone was ready to celebrate the victory as the soldiers came home. Northern cities began to have a large number of people move in from the south. Immigrants were arriving daily to Ellis Island, in New York City, which is where millions of immigrants entered the United States from 1892 to 1954. New inventions, entertainment, and music made this a very progressive and exciting time.
1.4 The Age of Intolerance
The 20's and 30s were decades of change and many new events came into being. One of them was the Age of Intolerance. Although Jazz music, smoking, and drinking were popular amongst many young Americans, many people saw them as unlawful activities that hurt the American Public. These feelings led to Prohibition, where many of these activities were outlawed, in particular drinking. Even though Prohibition was the law of the land there were many who rebelled against it.
1.5 Jazz Age of the 20’s & 30’s
This era was not only a time for intolerance, but it was also referred to as the Jazz Age. Jazz was a type of black American music that is characterized with a forceful beat and rhythm. Listen below to hear Louis Armstrong, who was a famous Jazz musician!
In addition to listening to jazz music people had other forms of entertainment.
One of the more outlandish fads done in the Roaring Twenties, was flagpole sitting. Flagpole sitting was done for fame and money. It involved competing with others to see who could set on a flagpole for the longest amount of time.
1.7 Marathon Dancing
. Another popular activity was marathon dancing. Marathon dancing was a dance activity popular in the 1920's & 1930's. Marathon means any act that is conducted for long period of time. People who were unemployed had a lot of time on their hands and some of them competed in marathon dances for prizes, money and fame. The dancers would literally dance until they were so tired they would pass out, as you can see in the pictures below. Whoever was left standing was the winner! Flagpole sitting and marathon dancing were a way of entertainment, similar to watching shows today like, “American's Got Talent,” or “Dancing with the Stars.” In the same way we do, people used these forms of entertainment as distractions from real life.
1.8 Flapper Girls
The 1920's and 1930's were certainly a time of change - even the women were becoming more rebellious. Flapper girls annoyed the older generation by smoking in public, wearing short skirts, short hair styles, and using lots of makeup. They were called flappers because like birds people considered them to be flapping their “wings” to get everyone's attention!
1.9 Dating in the 20’s & 30’s
Dating was also a little different in the 1920's and 1930's. Girls waited for a boy to ask them out. In almost all cases, a boy had to ask the permission of a girl's father in order to date her. Girls were treated with respect and courted. Being courted means to be involved with someone romantically. Finances were limited so dates were not fancy. Everyone kept it simple and sometimes dates just involved going for a walk.
1.10 Radios – 1930’s
As the society was changing so was technology. Everyday people listened to music, shows, stories, and even the news. This became the new at home form of entertainment for people, similar to how families today will gather together and watch television. Click below to listen to a radio clip of an advertisement from this era.
1.11 Spectator Sports of the 1920’s & 1930’s:
Another form of entertainment for the public was the variety of Spectator Sports. Baseball was the most popular sport of the era. Football was also popular, but the players wore a lot less padding. Other sports people used to watch were basketball and boxing.
1.12 Babe Ruth
Baseball and more specifically, Babe Ruth, was perhaps the biggest spectator sport of the 1920's & 1930's. Baseball and Babe Ruth perhaps were the biggest spectator sport of the 1920's & 1930's. He had the world record for the most Homeruns! Babe Ruth was considered a legend in his day and had many nicknames: the Bambino, the Sultan Of Swat, and the Babe. Ruth was traded to the Yankees in 1920. This trade was call the "curse of the bambino“: this was supposedly the reason the Red Sox didn't win a World Series until the 21st century.
1.13 New Inventions
During the 20's and 30's many new inventions entered the market. When the portable camera was invented it was, the first time everyday Americans could take pictures. With the invention of the car, Americans were more mobile, traveling became a part of everyday life. The Record Player allowed Americans, for the first time ever listen to their favorite recorded music over and over again. The factory became a modern day industry. These factories were used for mass-production, and they created jobs for many Americans. This also provided a way for many products to be produced at once.
1.14 Let’s Review:
So let's review what we have learned. In the1920s and 1930s change came about socially, culturally, and artistically in our country. There was a widespread influence of ideas from Prohibition to the Jazz Age. Music, fads, people, sports, and inventions were impacted by all of these changes. And that is your presentation on Unit 4 Lesson 2 Notes 1: From Boom to Bust: The Social World of the 20's and 30's.
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