The United States During The 1920 ' S Essay

1181 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Jason Charles Francisco
Kim Codella
Humanities 332
Part 1 Business was booming in the United States during the 1920’s. The United States was in a Jazz Age, “A world moving on its own beat, improvising as it went along, discovering new and unheard of chords with which life might resonate.” (Henry Sayre, 2008) The United States was thriving post World War 1, in New York and other urban areas, many immense skyscrapers were in construction. The architects designed skyscrapers that showed power and wealth, you could say that these buildings were enormous advertisements. (Lecture) “Each strove to be the world’s highest, and briefly was, until succeeded, often within a matter of months, by the next.” (Henry Sayre, 2008) At the same time, in Harlem, African American culture began to prosper and receive a significant amount of attention. “Uptown, in Harlem, nightlife thrived, in the clubs and cabarets life seemed to continue 24 hours a day. Despite Prohibition, which had outlawed the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, liquor was plentiful, and white socialites from downtown filled the jazz clubs, dancing the night away to the bands that catered to their sense of freedom, and the “Outlaw” status that their willful disregard for Prohibition underscored.” (Henry Sayre,2008) The writer Alain LeRoy Locke, poet Langston Hughes and novelist Zora Neale Hurston all in their own way conveyed their culture’s beliefs, ideals and values through their…

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