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Flappers were a generation of young Western women in the s who wore skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazzand flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinkingsmoking cigarettesdriving automobiles, treating sex in a casual mannerand otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. The term possibly originated in slang, but there is no direct evidence of that.
As more Americans began to move from more rural areas to urban ones, American culture began to take on a more uniform shape and began to affect more people, particularly the youth of the Roaring Twenties. For the first time ever, young people had their own culture, slang, music, and fashion and the decade of the twenties reflected their celebration of liberation and independent culture. This resulted in rebellion and experimentation in areas such as fashion and dancing, and also led to this new, more modern generation having more sexual freedom and enjoying the social barriers that had been broken down.
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In a clergyman addressing college students in Atlanta described modern girls as "hell cats with muddy minds. They're worse than any previous generation; no, they're about the same, no better, no worse. They're irretrievably corrupted by modernity; no, they're not—they're exploring what modernity has to offer, just as we did in our youth.
Mass Entertainment Of all the new appliances to enter the nation's homes during the s, none had a more revolutionary impact than the radio. The first commercial radio station began broadcasting inand during the s, the nation's airwaves were filled with musical variety shows and comedies. Radio drew the nation together by bringing news, entertainment, and advertisements to more than 10 million households by
The post-war boom of the s was accompanied by the cultural sea change of Prohibition. When things are going badly, we find ways to cope. When things finally get better, we find ways to celebrate.
During any period of time, the financial health of individual families often determines how much time people dedicate to hobbies. Key inventions and political decisions, meanwhile, make certain hobbies popular with large sections of the population. In the s, the invention of the washing machine and other practical items improved the quality of life and allowed more time for hobbies. Hobby and leisure spending increased by percent during the s, according to Encyclopedia.
T he teenager is one of the more unusual inventions of the 20th century. Humans have been turning 13 for tens of thousands of years, but only recently did it occur to anybody that this was a special thing, or that the bridge between childhood and adulthood deserved its own name. Even until World War II, there are hardly any instances of teenagers in the popular press.
Call it Gatsby Fever if you like, but there's no stopping it these days -- from the lavish theme parties to the art deco weddings to themed dinner soirees, our interest in the Roaring '20s is reaching full-blown-obsession status. But what was life really like for young people in the '20s, the decade that ushered in years of sustained economic growth up until the last year, anywaythe women's liberation movement, Amelia Earhart and the birth of dating? Here's a look at some of the biggest cultural events that shaped dating in the Gatsby-era. InProhibition began with the passage of the 18th Amendment, and lasted until its repeal in