The 1920s were a period of artistic, musical, and cultural development and accomplishment. African Americans started to migrate to the north and inspired the Harlem Renaissance, which was an introduction of black culture to music, art and society. Jazz music is an example of black-inspired art that became very popular during this time. During this era, drinking alcohol was banned in a movement called prohibition, inspired by religious leaders.. “Mass culture” was born as as result of chain stores and national advertising slogans that became more common through the rising popularity of radios.
Women began showing signs of independence from oppressive social standards by changing how they dressed and behaved, giving rise to flappers, or modern, urban women who flaunted their disapproval for feminine standards. The 1920s had a large impact in those ways on America and its culture. African Americans were key players in the 1920s.
The Great Migration sparked a movement of 300,000 black people into Harlem. Pre-20’s Harlem was an upper class white neighborhood, but over-development led to empty buildings and landlords needed people, and the 300,000 people helped fill those buildings. This sparked the Harlem Renaissance, in which musicians played jazz and artists painted ordinary everyday things. This influenced American culture by integrating black and white cultures. It also set the stage for the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s.The Jazz Age was also a key change in American culture that occurred in the 1920’s.
The Jazz Age was a period in which jazz artists from mostly New Orleans moved to other parts of the US, sparking a period where jazz music became the norm. The jazz age also inspired artists in the Harlem Renaissance such as Louis Armstrong. Later, this experimentation with new music led to more experiments that brought even more types of music to society. Even though the Jazz Age was a long time ago, the music is still popular due to its effect on American music development and the impact of it on music culture.Alcoholism, domestic problems and corruption influenced the 1920’s culture in a different way that lead to news laws called prohibition, which was an effort to stop the production and sale of alcohol. Prohibition was considered a failed experiment because it was supposed to reduce crime but ended up increasing it instead. It did this by inspiring people to bootleg, or illegally smuggle alcohol. Bootlegging made the legendary gangster Al Capone famous.
There are still areas in the United States where there are no liquor stores, which is leftover from the prohibition era.Mass culture also started during this time. During the 1920s, more people had extra spending cash. Radios became very popular, making national advertising easy with catchy songs. By the end of the decade over 12 million houses had a radio in them. More people also started to buy cars, the most important consumer product. Moving assembly lines made it easier to manufacture cars and also cut the cost.
At the end of the decade, there was 1 car on the road per 5 americans. This influenced American culture in obvious ways.. Now, in 2018, most households have a car. Most (pretty much all) cars also have a radio in them as well. Women’s suffrage was a big part of the 19th century, and women in the 1920’s decided they wanted more independence. Young, urban women in the 1920s began wearing “short” skirts, smoked cigarettes, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and became known as flappers. Flappers influenced women’s culture and American culture in general.
They did what was not expected of young women, which today is still a very relevant thing. Modern day feminists are still like the flappers, doing things that society finds inappropriate and not womanly. Today, they want to be more equal to men with jobs and pay, even if those jobs are usually done by men. In conclusion, the 1920s really influenced America today. You can see in American society how things from the 1920’s still influence our culture. Harlem Renaissance and Jazz music later expanded into new types of music such as rock and roll and country because people started experimenting more with music.
Although prohibition doesn’t really exist anymore, dry counties are seen as a left-over to that time. Mass culture is still a big part of modern times, which today looks more like trends in the way people dress and talk, is mostly still the result of advertising. The women’s movement is still in progress, but women still work to demonstrate their independence in an effort that really got its start in the 1920’s. These are a few reasons why the 1920s still do influence our society.