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1 Chapter 21 Section 3 1920’s Popular Culture

2 What is Pop Culture?

3 Schools and the Media Enrollment increased from 1914 to 1926

4 Prosperous times led to higher educational standards for industrial job
Broad arrangement of courses: vocational training in industrial jobs & college prep

5 Problems teaching Non-English Speaking immigrants

6 Taxes used to finance the schools increased
School costs $2.7 billion a year

7 Expanding News Coverage
Education spread literacy Growing mass media shaped a culture

8 Newspapers hook readers with by using sensational stories in tabloids

9 Magazines summarized the week’s news

10 Radio Comes of Age Most powerful form of communication
Wider world opened to America

11 America’s Leisure People had money and time for leisure activities
Spent $4.5 billion on entertainment Crossword puzzles and playing games

12 What Kind of Games? Flagpole Sitting

13 Dance Marathons

14 Sports                                                 


16 Lindbergh’s Flight first nonstop solo flight across Atlantic
stood for the honesty & bravery Paved the way for others

17 Entertainment and the Arts
Movies became national pastime Escape through romance and comedy The Jazz Singer was first major movie with sound Steamboat Willie first animated film with sound


19 Playwrights and composers of music broke away form European melodramas
Now, plays reflected upon modern isolationism, confusion, and family conflict

20 George Gershwin created new sound when merged traditional elements with American Jazz and created a new sound that was American

21 Painters appealed to Americans by Recording an America of realities and dreams

22 Edward Hopper (loneliness of American life)

23 Georgia O’Keefe (grandeur of New York)

24 Writers Richest era of literary history
becoming more critical of American lifestyles and morals Many writers chose to live in Europe Writers who were in WWI denounce war

25 Sinclair Lewis – first American to win Nobel Prize in literature.
Characters used to ridicule Americans for conformity and materialism.

26 F. Scott Fitzgerald – coined the phrase “Jazz Age”
Writing revealed negative side of the period’s lavish lifestyles

27 Edna St. Vincent Millay – wrote poems celebrating youthful freedom from traditional constraints

28 Ernest Hemingway criticized the glorification of war & introduced a simplified style of writing

29 Summary: How did public schools change?
Think immigrants, enrollment, courses, and financing What were some of the heroes of the 1920’s? Writers, Sports, Movies, etc… How was the media or news spread?

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