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					American Culture

      1920s
Art and Literature

  Challenged traditional ideas
  Flocked to Manhattan’s Greenwich
   Village and Chicago’s South Side
  Bohemian: artistic or unconventional
   lifestyle
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks
Modern Art

  Ernest Hemingway: wrote of war in a direct,
   simple and concise manner
  F. Scott Fitzgerald: glamorous characters who
   chased meaningless dreams
  Focused on:
      Expression of the individual
      Bold and colorful
      Realism
      Disenchantment
Pop Culture
  Sports
    Babe Ruth
    Bobby Jones (golf)
  Music
  Theater
    The Jazz Singer,
     1927, 1st talking
     picture
  radio
  Mass Media
 Radio, movies,
  newspapers and
  magazines
 Helped break down
  the focus on local
  interest…brought
  the nation together
 Spread ideas
Great Migration

  AA’s came for better opportunities,
   escape segregation, rebuild
  Created a subculture…Harlem
  Environment that stimulated art, racial
   pride, politics and community
  Birth of AA art=Harlem Renaissance
Literature

    Proud defiance
    Contempt for racism
    Anti-lynching
    Langston Hughes
    Zora Neale Thurston
  Music
 Louis Armstrong
   Introduced improvisational
    form of jazz
 Cotton Club: famous
  Harlem nightspot, career
  boost
 Blues
 Shuffle Along: 1st musical
  written, produced and
  performed by AA’s
Politics

  Voted Oscar DePriest to Congress
    First AA in Congress to represent the North
    Lincoln’s b-day a national holiday
    Fine and imprison lynchers
NAACP

 Lobbied for anti-lynching legislation
 Rejected
 Launched campaigns to keep racists out
  of office
Marcus Garvey
 “Negro Nationalism”:
  glorified black culture
  and unity
 Separation from
  whites
 Proposed going
  “back to Africa” for
  true equality
 Not successful but
  did give AA’s a
  sense of pride

				
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