The 1920s



In the 1920s movies became popular. The first movie made was The 10 Commandments in 1923. In 1922 codes were set to limit material being seen in theatres. By 1929 there were 80 million people in theatres per week.


Music in the 1920s became very popular. This was known as the Jazz age. Many people went to listen to music at speakeasies and at Jazz concerts. Another things that became popular was the Radio. This helped music expand greatly. Almost every American home had a radio in it by the end of the 1920s.
The Jazz Age 1920's


Art Deco was the dominant style of design and architecture in the 1920s. It originated in Europe and spread throughout western Europe and North America in the mid- 1920s. In the United States , New York Citys Chrysler Building showed the art styles. Expressionism and Surrealism were popular art movements in the 20s thats originated in Europe as well. Surreamlism involded elements of suprise.


F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, this showed what the Jazz Age was and changed gender roles while novels such as The SUn Also Rises by Ernest Heingway describes the effects of WWI on society. The Harlem Renaissance refers toa surge in African- American art and literature during the 1920s, this was centered in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Some other books written in this time period were The Saturday Evening Post by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Adam's Daughter by John Carruthers, and The House of the Three Ganders by Irving Beacheller.


Theatre also became very popular at this time. One famous theatorian was Paul Robinson. Robinson had many talents on the side of him being an actor. The 1920s were the "boom" years of broadway. In 1927 over 250 shows were featured on broadway more than 50 of them were musicals. It is estimated that 20 million people attended shows that year.


There were many new musicians in the 1920s, since music became very popular at this time. Some artists were Joe"King" Oliver, his band was the most popular of the 1920s. Oliver introduced Louis Armstrong into his band eventually Armstrong was by himself in a band and became very famous. Another musician was Edward"Kid" Ory, he band featured many new young musicians such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dobbs, Sidney Bechet and many others. For a look at some other musicans take a look at the link posted below.
To Live In The 1920's