The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

´╗┐The Roaring Twenties Morgan Foot
The roaring twenties was a time of happiness, parties, flappers, and a different mindset on life, most had money, and so, an American standard of living had erupted. But still 40% of American s was living in poverty. A ban on alcoholic beverages had also arisen, but with all rules, they will be broken. Clubs and secluded areas would still sell alcohol to anyone. This came a rise in gangsters, controlling separate parts of America, and of course, the Klu Klux Klan.
The flapper stereotype is one of short bobbed or shingled hair, straight loose knee-length dresses with a dropped waistline, silk or rayon stockings with garters, heavy makeup, and long beaded necklaces. Flappers were a new breed of American women, no longer was it the stereotypical old age woman that stayed at home, washed dishes and looked after the kids, these women were wild, These American flappers had Two bare knees, two thinner stockings, one shorter skirt, two lipsticks, three powder puffs, 132 cigarettes, and three boyfriends, with eight flasks between them.
Entertainment was a huge part of life in the 20s, Jazz, Ragtime and Broadway musicals all became popular. By the mid-1920s, jazz was being played in dance halls and roadhouses and speakeasies all over the country. Early jazz influences found their first mainstream expression in the music used by marching bands and dance bands of the day, which was the main form of popular concert music in the early twentieth century. Public dance halls, clubs, and tea rooms opened in the cities. Strangely named black dances inspired by African style dance moves, like the shimmy, turkey trot, buzzard lope, chicken scratch, monkey glide, and the bunny hug were eventually performed by the general public. The cake walk, developed by slaves as a send-up of their masters' formal dress balls, became the rage. White audiences saw these dances first in shows, and then performed by exhibition dancers in the clubs....

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