Daily Life in Jazz Age America, 1st Edition

  • Steven L. Piott
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  • ISBN-10: 1440861668
  • ISBN-13: 9781440861666
  • DDC: 973
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released May 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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The Jazz Age was a tumultuous time for Americans as they attempted to come to terms with “modernity.” This book tells the story of how all Americans—blacks and whites, women and men, workers, employers, consumers, and activists—contended with new cultural attitudes as well as persistent racial, ethnic, and class tensions. The book provides a broad examination of American society during the 1920s. Organized thematically, it covers rural and urban America; the changing nature of gender relationships; race relations; popular culture; the rise of mass spectator sports; and religion. Appropriate for general readers and students of history, the title provides an informed and compelling narrative history and analysis of daily life within the context of broad historical change.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Domestic Life.
1: Transformative Social Forces and the Pace of Societal Change.
2: Home and Family Life.
3: The African American Experience.
4: The Mexican American Experience.
5: Anne Martin, “Women and ‘Their’ Magazines” (1922).
6: Leta S. Hollingworth, “For and against Birth Control” (1922).
Economic Life.
7: Prosperity Decade?.
8: Agricultural Workers.
9: Mexican Laborers: Migrant Workers.
10: Non-Farmworkers.
11: African American Workers: Sleeping Car Porters.
12: Social Tensions and Cultural Conflicts During the 1920S.
13: Samuel Hopkins Adams, “On Sale Everywhere” (1921) and Excerpts from Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt (1922).
14: T. Arnold Hill, “the Dilemma of Negro Workers” (1926).
Intellectual Life.
15: Education.
16: Intellectual Influences.
17: Elite Culture.
18: The Emerging Mass Consumer Culture.
19: The Harlem Renaissance.
20: John F. Carter Jr., “ ‘These Wild Young People': By One of Them” (1920).
21: H. L. Mencken, “On Living in the United States” (1921).
Material Life.
22: Housing.
23: The Impact of the Automobile on the Material Landscape.
24: Food.
25: Clothing.
26: Elizabeth Robins Pennell, “Eats” (1922).
27: G. Stanley Hall, “Flapper Americana Novissima” (1922).
Political Life.
28: “Beyond Suffrage”.
29: Politics in the 1920S: A Conservative Agenda.
30: Politics and Prohibition.
31: The Apathetic Voter.
32: The Harding Scandals.
33: Hoover'S Response to the Depression.
34: “ ‘Much-Surprised’ City Officials Ousted by Women” (1920).
35: “Shall Women Be Equal before the Law?” (1922).
Recreational Life.
36: “Ain'T We Got Fun?”.
37: Radio.
38: Motion Pictures.
39: Music.
40: Dance.
41: Mass Spectator Sports.
42: Fads and Crazes.
43: John R. McMahon, “Unspeakable Jazz Must Go!” (1921).
44: “Medical Derision of Coué” (1922).
Religious Life.
45: The State of Religion in the 1920s.
46: The Rise of Religious Uncertainty.
47: Religion in the African American Community.
48: Religion in the Hispanic Community.
49: G. Bromley Oxnam, “The Mexican in Los Angeles from the Standpoint of the Religious Forces of the City” (1921).
About the Author.