Entertainment of the 1920s
After experiencing the first World War it was time to party, as modernity, pleasure, leisure, and consumption became aspects of a new American way of life.

Fletcher Henderson "Father of the Jazz Band"

Duke Ellington

Bessie Smith

With the Jazz Age, came new opportunities for young Americans to express themselves through not only music but also dance......

“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!” - Agatha Christie

While music was revolutionized during the 1920s, the filming industry swept the nation  becoming the driving force behind radical change among the younger generations offering glamour, sophistication, and sex appeal.

Louise Brooks

Clara Bow

Rudolph Valintino

Buster Keaton

The mass production of the radio also offered entertainment within the homes doing away with regional differences and uniting the country in similar tastes and lifestyles.

As the film industry began to take off, it relocated from New York City to Hollywood, California producing over 700 films a year.

As the entertainment industry thrived, leisure was not only reflected in the lives of those on the big screen but also in the personal lives of the American people.

Spectator sports drew huge crowds as the American people looked for a national hero to cheer on. With crowds numbering 68,000 at one time, sports became

"Sultan of Swat"

Harry Houdini

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