Flappers, speakeasies and pulse-pounding music. Prohibition, the Red Scare, and radio evangelism. The period between World War I and the Great Depression in the United States was one of significant contradictions. But was the Jazz Age an unforeseen eruption of liberal and conservative America or a development long in the making? And beyond the headlines, how were these volatile times experienced by everyday citizens?
This volume in ABC-CLIO's social history series, People and Perspectives, looks at one of the most vibrant eras in U.S. history, a decade when American life was utterly transformed, often veering from freewheeling to fearful, from liberated to repressed.
What did it mean to live through the Jazz Age? To answer this and other important questions, the volume broadens the spotlight from famous figures to cover everyday citizens whose lives were impacted by the times, including women and children, African Americans, rural Americans, immigrants, artists, and more. Chapters explore a wide range of topics beyond the music that came to symbolize the era, such as marriage, religion, consumerism, art and literature, fashion, the workplace, and more -- the full cultural landscape of an extraordinary, if short-lived, moment in the life of a nation.
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