By Susan Currell
The Twenties observed the USA upward thrust to its present prestige because the best international superpower, matched through an rising cultural dominance that characterised the second one half the 20th century. This booklet offers an stimulating account of the key cultural and highbrow developments of the last decade which were pivotal to its characterization as 'the jazz age'. Currell's ebook areas universal representations of the 'roaring twenties' and the 'lost iteration' into context via chapters on literature, track and function, movie and radio, and visible paintings and layout, along the remarkable upward push of relaxation and intake within the Nineteen Twenties
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The trial illustrated the irreconcilable tension that had emerged between science and religion, modernity and tradition, the urban and the rural, ‘wets’ and ‘drys’, and the intellectual liberal versus the conservative fundamentalist. At the time it gave a public platform to ideas and anxieties about modernity that were seething in the intellectual undercurrents of the 1920s. During the war the American Civil Liberties Union had formed to defend the civil rights of those threatened by bigotry and conservatism, and continued after the war in the face of the rise of fundamentalism, nativism, racism and anti-communism.
Their research marked a shift towards collaborative and interdisciplinary work, which combined several disciplines such as sociology, the political sciences, psychology, anthropology, statistics and economics. Further to this, the Chicago School sociologists became distinctive in the way that they incorporated a variety of evidence-based cultural documents into their studies, assembling their studies using personal documents such as 10 American Culture in the 1920s diaries and letters, intensive field observations based on months spent participating in a community (sometimes even in disguise or undercover), documentary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs or court records alongside the use of statistical techniques, and social and environmental mapping.
However, like the KKK, fundamentalists also used and benefited from these new technologies with productions of their own. Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson became the first female radio evangelist in 1922, acquiring her own radio station a year later to promote her unique brand of Christian fundamentalism. A conservative in faith and a moderniser in behaviour, McPherson neatly embodied the paradox of 1920s fundamentalism. 80 Arguing for more business efficiency in church affairs and explaining how to run a church like a business, the role of the businessman became increasingly central to a successful religion.
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