1920s Vs 1920

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*The decade after World War I was a period of great prosperity for most of America (although for farmers it was a period of bad fortune, as food prices fell shortly after World War I ended), and Americans were able to enjoy that prosperity with more free time than ever before. *Rising wages, shorter working hours and a shorter work week (the average work week fell from 70 hours in 1850 to 55 hours in 1910 to 45 in 1930), gave people the time and money to enjoy themselves. Furthermore, after the destruction of the Great War and the Spanish Flu, Americans wanted to cut loose, and the 1920s were known as the Roaring Twenties. *Americans had new ways to enjoy themselves. Movies were new, and much cheaper (only a few cents) than going to a play or concert. The first movies had no sound (or, at most, came with recorded music that matched up to different scenes, but with no sound effects or talking). Even silent movies created new world-wide celebrities, like comedian Charlie Chaplin and the handsome sheik Rudolph Valentino. In 1927, Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer, the first ‘talkie,’ in which sound was synchronised with the pictures. *Movies were available for anyone who wished to go out, but people could also take part in America’s mass culture at home through the medium of radio. Not only did this allow people to listen to news,…show more content…
Sinclair Lewis wrote about the emptiness of middle-class life in Main Street and Babbitt. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the excesses and emptiness of the Jazz Age in The Great Gatsby (in which Jay Gatsby invents a new life for himself and becomes rich, but never achieves his dreams). William Faulkner wrote stories about the Deep South that presented a strange, backward, and inbred society. Ernest Hemmingway wrote about the loss of belief in great causes such as war and even tried to strip language itself to its simplest forms in his
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