American Culture in the 1920s (Twentieth-Century American by Susan Currell

By Susan Currell

Within the decade following the top of global conflict I, the U.S. rose to its present seat because the best international superpower matched by means of an rising cultural dominance that may come to symbolize the second one 1/2 the 20th century. American tradition within the Nineteen Twenties is a fascinating account of the key cultural and highbrow traits that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." averting superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" laid low with a "lost generation," the quantity presents a whole portrait that incorporates chapters on literature, song and function, movie and radio, visible artwork and layout, and the remarkable upward thrust of relaxation and intake.

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108 Rather than cultural improvement, he argued, the culture of the new woman and female reform had contributed to cultural and spiritual decline. 110 These ideas were connected as much to the changing nature of American society as to the changing roles of women within it. Mass production soared in the 1920s, creating a huge consumer boom in which women appeared to play a key role. By the end of the 1920s consumer culture appeared as a new type of matriarchy, in which women controlled the nation’s pocketbook.

The racial theories of those such as Grant and Stoddard continued to fuel fears over ‘race suicide’, so that even though America had entered a ‘boom’ period, in 1924 the National Origins Act was passed to further limit immigration, changing the quota to 2 per cent and adopting 1890 as the date on which to base the quotas (a time seen as more demographically favourable to ‘Nordics’). 92 President Harding recommended Stoddard’s book in a speech at Birmingham, Alabama, on 26 October 1921: ‘Whoever will take the time to read and ponder Mr.

To many intellectuals, their disillusion with received values and institutions was justified in the discoveries of psychoanalysis, a field that counteracted the pessimism it created by offering a new path to social progress. In many ways the tension between the past and future progress within American society was represented in the neurotic individual, trapped The Intellectual Context 13 in the past and unable to progress to ‘normalcy’ until psychoanalysis unlocked the door to a more stable future.

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