The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age

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  • Music
  • Amazing!!!!!
  • Fashion of the 1920s
  • Edge up, please.
  • Wealthy Lifestyles of the 1920s
  • The Jazz Age was a period in the 1920s in which jazz/blues music and dance styles from the Renaissance period had prospered. African Americans developed new musical techniques that migrated from the south to the northern cities. Speakeasies mainly employed these Jazz artists to improve their business. Jazz music consisted of instruments such as trumpets, trombones, drums, violins, and bass guitars.
  • Speakeasies
  • In the 1920s, the majority of people wanted to live a glamorous lifestyle like Hollywood celebrities. Females began to wear more sleeveless, short dresses, and short hairstyles. The fashion style that developed within this period began when women started seeking freedom and in some sense of rebellion.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The 1920s were a decade full of parties, money, and extravagant lifestyles. This decade portrayed the American Dream of women, money, alcohol, music, and partying. The basic necessities were not enough for the wealthy so they spent their money on unnecessary things like a mansion, the newest car, the newest pair of cufflinks, and etc. This chaotic spending eventually led to the Great Depression which affected everyone.
  • Organized Crime
  • Speakeasies are secret bars that were used to sell alcohol which was prohibited during the Jazz Age period. These secret bars were disguised as other businesses like cafes and laundry mats. In order to access these bars, you have to know the secret passcode. Most speakeasies stood out because of the entertainment such as live jazz bands which led to competition in business.
  • I need a beer.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald was a popular writer who was considered the spokesman of the Jazz Age. He wrote many stories and is most known for The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald married a beautiful woman named Zelda but their relationship was very unhealthy. The fame he had slowly decreased when the Great Depression hit and his departure from his wife. From this point on Fitzgerald heavily drank and passed at the age of 44.
  • During the 1920s, the government passed the 18th amendment to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and transporting of alcohol. This prohibition was put in place to try and control criminal activity but actually enhanced this behavior. These laws led to speakeasies being created by "gangsters" to make a profit by distributing alcohol. People began grafting, prostituting, and protection rackets shortly after the amendment was established.
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