In 7th grade social studies, we learn about the Roaring Twenties. There are many aspects of the time period from 1920 to 1929; however, I am going to focus on three. Flappers, African Americans, and musicians were a large part of the 1920’s in America.
To begin, the signing of the 19th Amendment made girls feel as though they were free. Suffrage, in their minds, gave them the right to be bold. Girls who were bold and independent were known as Flappers. In my opinion, Flappers were a bit too out there. As well, smarter woman reached out for education and advancement in their own knowledge and learning level. Woman who went into politics went out to child labor problems and changed things that many men could not do. Many people miss the idea that women don’t have to be the same as men; however, they should be equal.
In addition, African Americans advanced in society by leaps and bounds in the 1920’s. Marcus Garvey, an African-American soapbox orator, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1914. He was born in Jamaica on August 17th, 1887. Garvey gave many speeches and gained many followers. Unfortunately, he was arrested and charged with mail fraud and deported from the U.S. Marcus Garvey died on June 10th, 1914, at the age of 52.
To continue music and musicians were a huge part of The Roaring Twenties. Many nights people would go to nightclubs to listen and dance to the music. The music was not Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, it was a new type of music known as jazz. Originating from African American songs, Jazz was upbeat and reflected some of African-American rhythms. A great singer and trumpet player of the time was Louis Armstrong. His well-known song, “What a Wonderful World,” charms everyone and lift many hearts. Another musician of the time went by the name of Jelly Roll Morton. Morton’s real name was Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe. Ferdinand was a pianist and a songwriter. When I listen to his red hot jazz, it has the same effect as a Friday night.
In conclusion, Flappers, African Americans, music, and musicians were important parts of the years 1920 through 1929. Although there was some unruly behavior, many people strove for a better life.
By Tessa Geigle
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