The Roaring Twenties : An Exciting Time For The People Of The United States Of America

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The 1920’s were an exciting time for the people of the United States of America. With technological advancements, the development and occurrence of flappers, and the number of people trying to achieve the American Dream, it is no wonder why this decade is so often referred to as “The Roaring Twenties” (History Learning Site). One of the most relevant characteristics of the twenties was the newly popular jazz music, which took everyone by storm. Through the popularity and influence of jazz, Americans of all different ethnicities and cultures were brought together.
The roots of jazz music are typically accredited to African Americans of the 1700’s, who sang work songs while in slavery. Many of the work songs were in a form called “call-and-response”. This feature involved a group singing a response to the line that the leader previously sang. “Spirituals”, which were soulful songs that expressed their religious beliefs were also sung by slaves. Both call-and-response and spirituals were song forms that helped build the music that is now called jazz (A History of Jazz). Through the work songs, it is clear that even the roots of jazz involved people coming together, despite hardship. Later, being considered the inventors of jazz, African Americans gained respect and recognition, in a time of severe racism (Philipp, Zola).
Jazz music really began to develop and become popular in the 1800’s and 1900’s when people of different cultures migrated to the United States of America.…

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