Roaring Twenties

Social and Cultural Changes

I can understand how modernism developed and analyze how it challenged traditional practices in society using examples from the lost generation of writers.

Modernism is a trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to improve, create, and reshape their environment with the aid of technology, scientific knowledge, and practical experimentation. It challenged the traditional practices because we depended on the government and other organizations to fix the society in general. David Harvey's book "The Condition of Postmodernity" which evolves from Baudelaire's " The Painter of Modern Life" draws attention to the 'paradoxical unity' (knowing of the opposite). These stories both express the thought and practices of American modernism.

I can analyze how defenders of tradition reacted to modern thought and rapid change in society.

Defenders of tradition believed in postmodernism, which meant they criticized the modernists and what was being done. The 'defenders' were concerned about how rapid the society was changing because their beliefs differ from modernists. They wanted things to stay in the way they were going along before with 'plurality of styles'.

I can analyze how the Harlem Renaissance raised awareness of issues affecting the lives of African-Americans through various forms of expressions.

This was also known as the Republican Party's Reconstruction-era, the party had policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. By African- American's exposure of them succeeding and standing out just like many other races they finally started to be seen as equal by several people. People began to see the hard work achieved by the African- Americans and the struggles they approached in order to be involved in the society's marketplace through art.There were threats to blacks at this time, such as a group called the Ku Klux Klan which had a goal to eliminate the freedom of African- Americans.