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									Chapter 24, Section 3
  “The Jazz Age”
ENTERTAINMENT
     Jump in Entertainment
• More leisure time for Americans as working
  hours shortened (8 hour days) and labor-
  saving appliances for homes became
  available
• 1929 Americans spent 4 billion on
  entertainment.
• 100% jump in ten years!
• How were they “entertaining” themselves?
            Radio
• First commercial radio station was
  KDKA in Pittsburgh in 1920 which
  broadcast the presidential election
  result (Harding won)
• 1921 World Series broadcast
  nationwide
• By 1930 60% of families had a radio
• First shows included news, weather,
  sports, music, and political speeches
• Later broadcasts included dramas,
  soap operas, comedies, and
  children’s shows (just like the shows
  that eventually would be on TV)
    Early Movies
• 1891 Thomas Edison files for
  a patent on his motion-picture
  projector
• In 1907 there were about
  4,000 small “nickelodeon”
  cinemas with films
  accompanied by a pianist
• First blockbuster full-length
  movie was “Birth of a Nation”
  in 1915 (contained racism and
  depictions of the KKK after the
  Civil War)
Hollywood
   • Became a boomtown in the
     1910s and 1920s for the
     movie business
   • The sleepy village outside of
     Los Angeles grew to be the
     largest film-producing
     location in the world
   • Shops, restaurants, hotels,
     and neighborhoods grew to
     support the rich and famous
     residents and visitors to the
     town
     Silent Movie
         Stars
• Comedy – Charlie Chaplin
  as “the Tramp”
• “America’s Sweetheart” –
  Mary Pickford
• “The King of Hollywood” –
  Douglas Fairbanks
• The three along with director
  D.W. Griffiths (“Birth of a
  Nation”) combined to create
  United Artists production
  company to make their own
  films
           Movies in the 1920s
• Movies were silent until 1927
• In “The Jazz Singer” in 1927
  Al Jolson famously looks into
  the camera and thrills
  audiences by saying “You
  ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”
• 1910: 5,000 Theatres in US
• 1930: 22,500 Theaters in US
• 1929: 125 Million Americans,
  80 million movie tickets sold a
  week!
 Impact of Radio and
Movies on 1920s Society
• They brought images and ideas
  to them that they would not get
  at home (could dream of doing
  different things with their lives)
• This created a national popular
  culture:
   – They copied language from
      movies and radio (slang)
   – They copied hairstyles and
      fashions from movies
• They became more informed in
  national and international news
Sports Baseball:
        • George Herman
          “Babe” Ruth
        • Considered the
          greatest player
          to ever play
        • Records:
           – 714 Career
             Homeruns
           – 60 homeruns
             in a season
        • 60th Homerun
        • Celebrity Status
          Sports: Boxing
• Jack Dempsey –
  World Heavyweight
  Champion from
  1919 to 1926
• “Manassa Mauler”
• 60-7-8. 50 KO’s
• Dempsey vs. Willard
  (the fight he first
   won the title in)
Sports: Football
  Jim Thorpe

        • Native American
          (from Sauk and Fox tribes)
        • Perhaps the greatest multi
          sport athlete ever
        • Won gold medals in
          Olympics (decathlon and
          pentathlon)
        • Played professional
          baseball & football as well
        • Overview of his
          achievements
Charles Lindbergh
 • As a 25-year-old U.S. Air
   Mail pilot, Lindbergh
   emerged from obscurity to
   virtually instantaneous
   world fame
 • 6 well-known pilots failed
   to make the first solo non-
   stop flight across the
   Atlantic
 • Lindbergh did it in 1927 by
   flying from New York to
   Paris
 Amelia Earhart
• In 1928 Earhart was the
  first woman fly solo across
  the Atlantic Ocean
• She set many other
  records, wrote best-selling
  books about her flying
  experiences
• During an attempt to make
  a circumnavigational flight
  of the globe in 1937, she
  disappeared over the
  central Pacific Ocean

								
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