Harlem Renaissance And African American Culture During The 1920's

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During the 20’s people dealt with changing values and customs, women had different roles and engaged in different lifestyles, a new culture emerged based on media and leisure activities, and African American ideas flourished during the Harlem Renaissance. As city life was on the rise, with over fifty percent of the country living in a city, the morals and values that accompanied rural life were declining. The difference between cities such as New York and Chicago compared to rural areas could not have been vaster. The cities were full of competition and change with many people being informed about the scientific and social ideas of the day, and people began being judged more by their accomplishments than by their background and pedigree. People in the city also tolerated drinking, gambling, and casual dating—all of which were considered outrageous in small towns. Many people were torn between the two. One of the conflicts between big city dwellers and people from small towns was the consumption of alcohol. In 1920, the eighteenth amendment went into affect which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and…show more content…
By 1920, school enrollment rose to nearly 4 million, an increase of almost 3 million from 1914. Industry jobs required a greater level of education, and schools that were previously just for college prep now offered many vocational training. The literacy rate increased, and more people began reading the newspaper. Writers began imitating the stories in the tabloids which led to papers becoming linked to metro papers so that they could give their readers more coverage from the big cities. Magazines also exploded in popularity because they also covered the week’s news, locally and internationally. Radio, however, still outshone newspapers and magazines. It was the most powerful form of media during the 20’s because it allowed listeners to simultaneously hear news and events as they

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