- 1920's known as the 'Jazz Age'
- African-American music popular with young people.
- Jazz was now on films, radios and on records.
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- Cinema affected the life of young Americans.
- Hollywood produced films that influenced the lifestyle for young people.
- Smoking more popular as it was seen as a sophisticated habit.
- The first films had no sound, a pianist was used to play during the film.
- Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford became big stars.
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Role of Women- appearance
- Films reflected the appearance of the 'flapper' a new more liberated young women.
- Flappers came from upper or middle classed families.
- Skirts rose to the knee.
- Hairstyles became shorter.
- People were influenced by film stars who kissed, drank, wore lots of makeup, smoked and danced the Charleston!
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Role of Women- work and vote
- By 1929, 10 million American women worked.
- But women were still paid less that men.
- In 1920 women were given the vote.
- The washing machine and vacuum cleaner saved time, so women spent more time on work and leisure.
- Women had fewer children and tended to live longer.
- Divorce rate doubled.
- Most women still did domestic work at home.
- Traditional families and religious values stayed strong in rural areas mainly.
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