Essay about The "New" Decade

1023 Words May 5th, 2013 5 Pages
Andrea Smart
L. Singleton
English 102, RZ6
April 8, 2011
The “New” Decade
The Twenties were known as “the Roaring Twenties” and “the Jazz Age.” These nicknames represent exactly what the Twenties were. The changes that happened during this time were good and bad, but they were mostly positive. Women had the right to vote, they were becoming modernized, and jazz became a new sound. This decade should be viewed exactly as it is. This decade was a time of great change for America in general.
Before the “flapper” emerged, “the Gibson Girl was the rage”. The Gibson Girl was inspired by Charles Dana Gibson’s drawings. She was the total opposite of the “flapper” that was soon to come. She was able to participate in some sports including
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Eventually, the extreme flapper style went away, but some of her changes remained. The new version was more respectable. Some women cut their hair short and stopped wearing corsets. This was the new, modern woman (Rosenberg).
Jazz originated from two types of musical influence: West African and European. The West African influence provided “incessant rhythmic drive, the need to move and…emotional urgency.” The European influence “had more to do with classical qualities pertaining to harmony and melody.” These sounds mixed together created notes that can make a person feel both sad and joyous. Eventually, field hollers of the South were mixed with music from New Orleans to create a different sound. Gospel music mixed with the blues. Marching bands had instruments that were considered to be “an expression of classical musical traditions.” All of this eventually mixed together to create a new music called jazz (Ephland).
At first jazz was not widely accepted and liked. Some people did not like jazz because it “made its own rules which were viewed as corrupting musical values.” The most common reason jazz was not liked at first was racism. Black musicians were not allowed to play in some places, so they had to play in places that did not have a good reputation. Jazz was also considered immoral because of the topics it was associated with: prostitution, alcohol, drugs, and gambling to name a few.
Jazz eventually won the hearts of many Americans. People began to embrace

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