HISTORY

HISTORY: ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE 1920s

Life in America in the 1920s was a dramatic period in our history. It is known as the Jazz Age and the roaring twenties which reflect that it was an exciting time in history. The events and developments that transpired during this age represented the effort to break away from the past and move on to the future especially after experiencing World War I. It was also a decade to be known for extreme contradictions. People sought normalcy and conformity but there were also expressions of rebellion and crumbling respect for law and order. There were intense differences in the lifestyle and beliefs of those living in urban and rural areas, of the blacks and whites. There was a discussion about the theory of evolution and divine creation. Each side challenged the other in a quest to hold on to their beliefs.

In the Jazz Age, modernity meant advancements in the land and air. The automobile industry encouraged other businesses to flourish and infrastructure to develop. There was a boom in the consumer economy aided by the establishment of advertising. Aircraft technology allowed efficient travel from one region to another which was previously inconceivable. Even people’s attitudes were modernized as they became more permissive and pushed social and cultural boundaries. This was further influenced by movies as they featured liberal lifestyles, carefree living, and sexual themes. Radio however also proved to be a valuable tool in promoting nationalization and homogenization. In literature, writers of the lost generation expressed their disillusionment and despair and tried to escape reality through their works.

Just like a roar, the events during the 1920s were heard by many people all over the world. The Jazz Age featured advancements in entertainment and technology. There was still segregation between the blacks and whites but at least each group learned to show the world their deep appreciation for their culture. But it left us wanting for more. Each period in our history leaves a mark in our identity as a nation and the 1920s helped bring the movie industry, as well as other fields, to where we are now.