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Why the Twenties Roared: Significance of the Jazz Age

Responding to the horror wrought by the Great War and the devastation of the Spanish Influenza, many Americans defined themselves by the expression “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Young adults sought to defy tradition, expressing themselves through slang, bootleg alcohol, uninhibited clothing, and carefree attitudes towards propriety. A burgeoning youth oriented culture arose and brought forth increased social diversity and independence. Women achieved suffrage and demanded equality not only in the workplace but at home. By the time the decade came to a close, the financial structure initiated by the war, followed by high risk borrowing and lending, brought the roar to a whimper as a new age of conservatism set in.



Essential Questions:

What was the impact of the war on the following decades?
Why were the 1920s said to “roar”?
How does music and art reflect society?
How did the Jazz Age impact the culture and politics of the United States?
How did prohibition change society?
How did women’s roles in society change?”
What fads and fashions became popular during the 1920s?
How did a new group of writers and new jazz music affect American culture?
Why did some Americans not share in the prosperity of the 1920s?
What did the Scopes trial and the revival of the Ku Klux Klan reveal about society in the 1920s?
How did the women’s suffrage movement help bring about the Nineteenth Amendment?
Why did many women support the crusade against alcohol?
How does the decade of the 1920s reflect the positive and negative impacts of a postwar nation?
In what ways was the prosperity of the 1920s more harmful than helpful to the consumers?
How did the automobile impact economic growth in the 1920s?
How did changing social attitudes impact domestic life?
How did arts, literature, and music impact life in the Twenties?
How did the Jazz Age impact the culture and politics of the United States?

History Standards:  8.1 A,B,C,D   8.2.12 A,B,C,D    8.3.12 A,B,C,D   

Reading Standards: 1.1.5.A,G 1.2.A 1.3.A,F 1.6.A,B,D,E

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         Marissa M.