American Culture and Society

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    • Women
      • The number of working women increased by 25 per cent
      • In 1920, all women were given the right to vote
      • 'Flappers' smoked in public, danced the new dances, and were sexually liberated
      • Started wearing trousers instead of skirts
      • Wore short hair and makeup
    • Car
      • Freedom to enjoy new leisure activities - cinema, sports stadia, dancehall
      • Explore the countryside
      • Go on holidays and short breaks
      • Created a more mobile society
      • Produced every 10 seconds
    • Sport
      • Peope had more leisure time
      • Improved wages - People had the money to pay for tickets
      • Improved transport
      • More opportunities to participate in sport
      • Popular Sports- Baseball, boxing, american football, tennis, golf
    • Jazz
      • Became the great attractiob of the night clubs & speakeasis
      • Became popular with middle-class whites, (Flappers)
      • Brought into homes through radio broadcasts
      • New York & Clevelan banned Jazz performances
      • Many Black Musicians could not read music, so they improvised
      • Most famous Jazz venue - Cotton Club, in Harlem, New York
    • Movies & Film Stars
      • Movies were accused of lowering mora standards - using movie stars as sex symbols
      • The lifestyle of some Hollywood stars attracted critisism - stories of wild parties & love affairs
      • By 1930 there were 303,000 cinemas
      • Famous movie stars- Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Clara Bow
    • Radio
      • Not everyone could read, so the radio became a very important means of communicating news and information to the people.
      • Mass production helped to lower the cost of buying them
      • Listened to Sports, Adverts, Music
      • Due to everyone owning a Radio, there was a dramatic increase in political & social awarness
      • By the end of the 1920s, more than 50 million peope owned one.


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