The 1920s


Entertainment in America was appearing all over the place. People wanted an escape from reality, they wanted to escape life. To do this, they turned to entertainment. In music, Jazz was the big hit. White composers popularized Jazz. Irving Berlin\'s "Alexander Ragtime Band" was a big hit through the masses. The most powerful form of entertainment was the movies. The movies were generally controlled by brilliant Jews who spent countless hours perfecting it. Great movie stars & directors were Gentiles, but the people that helped them were Jewish.


The stars of movies were declared cultural heroes. These heroes, moreso temporary celebrities, were worshippped by the masses. These heroes set the standard for acting. Radios had a much stronger appeal compared to records. this was probably because once you bought the radio, listening was free. This was much better than changing the record every 4 minutes. At first, radio broadcasters did not know what to broadcast. Quality was not a big concern in radio. The people would basically listen to anything. Radio drama slowly developed, since directors thought it could not compete with movies. The tradition of going to the movies every weekend was developed during the 1920s.


The art movement was also flourishing in the 1920s. Art basically came from two sources: American influence and different forms of expressions. Many said it was impossible for an American artist to thrive in America. Although Mark Twain went to Europe, his work stayed in America. He enjoyed writing from an American perspective. Ernest Hemingway, one of the most popular writers of the era, wrote about Americans in different countries. Before WW1, all writers were Anglo-Saxon. In the 1920s, however, one thing became popular: the creativity of the Jewish people. No other decade in history produced the amount of literary genius created by this era. Some of the most well known writers were in their prime during this era


A few to name would be Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, John Steinbeck, Robert Frost & Wallace Stevens. Foreign works did not have much influence in America, with the exception to the work of Irishman James Joyce & Frenchman Marcel Proust. The two Renaissances, Harlem & Southern, both produced much African-American literature. Throughout the 1920s, people became concerned with fashion. Developments in the design of attire, architecture & automobiles helped define the decade.


The war may have ended in November 1918, but the impact it had on the economy was substantial. But it picked up with Europe\'s demand for raw materials. Agricultural exports soared & farmers became wealthy. Farmers suffered eventually though, once European supply had been restored. Many farms expanded, leaving them with un-needed land. With the exception of farmers, the economy flourished. Demand for automobiles & radios became great. You could find radios in grocery stores. Hotels & large buildings began developing in every major city. Chain stores began appearing in drug & grocery markets. Prices began rising but many had jobs and wages were good. Being a stockbroker surpassed the popularity of being a lawyer or physician.


The 1920s was an era where Entertainment prospered, Art flourished, and Business boomed. It was an Era which all things were good and a majority of the middle class was happy.