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"Anything Goes"

America During the Jazz Age

  The lecture is a one hour slide presentation that is an entertaining overview of the 1920's, showcasing world events, political events, prohibition, organized crime as well as the style, fashion and trends of the Jazz Age.

   The 1920's were really the first decade of the 20th Century. During this decade many of the conventions of the Victorian Era were left behind as a new modernism emerged. "It was a time of conservatism; it was a time of great social change. From the world of fashion to the world to politics, forces clashed to produce the most explosive decade of the century.

   In music, the three sounds were jazz, jazz, and jazz. The Jazz Age came about with artist like Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington. Youth ruled everything from the young styles of dress to the latest celebrities. If it was young, it was the thing.

   "It was the age of prohibition, it was the age of prosperity, and it was the age of downfall. It was the age of everything." (The Twenties Experience)

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