1920s Pop Culture


The Formation of a Common Pop Culture

  1. During the 1920s the number of radios in U.S. homes increased dramatically, as did newspaper circulation. As a result, for the first time in the United States, a common pop culture formed during the 1920s.
    1. People dressed the same, listened to the same music, read the same newspapers and magazines, and listened to the same radio programs.
  2. Jazz music, The Charleston, The Lindy Hop, baseball, boxing, and Charles Lindberg were all key parts of the pop culture of the 1920s.

Jazz Music

  1. Jazz music was wildly popular during the 1920s, as were the dances that accompanied it.
  2. The popularity of jazz gave rise to jazz night clubs that opened up in large cities all across the U.S. where people of all ages could go to dance and socialize.
  3. Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie were two of the most famous jazz musicians of the 1920s.
  4. The Charleston and the Lindy Hop were two of the dances that accompanied jazz music and were very popular among the young people of the 20s.
  5. Watch the following videos on Jazz and the Charleston.
    1. The first video is Louis Armstrong playing jazz.
    2. The second video is the Charleston dance set to traditional Jazz music.
    3. The third video is the Charleston dance set to modern music. Notice any similarities between the way they danced and the way you dance today?







Sports in the 1920s

  1. For the first time in the United States, spectator sports became very popular during the 1920s.
  2. The two most popular sports during the 20s were boxing and baseball.
  3. Babe Ruth was the most famous baseball player of the time.
  4. Jack Dempsey was the most famous boxer of the time.

Charles Lindberg

  1. Perhaps the most famous American of the 1920s was the pilot Charles Lindbergh.
  2. In 1927, he became the first person to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. He returned from the flight as a world hero.

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Charles Lindbergh
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