By Susan Currell
The Nineteen Twenties observed the us upward push to its present prestige because the best international superpower, matched through an rising cultural dominance that characterised the second one 1/2 the 20th century. This publication offers an stimulating account of the foremost cultural and highbrow tendencies of the last decade which have been pivotal to its characterization as 'the jazz age'. Currell's booklet locations universal representations of the 'roaring twenties' and the 'lost new release' into context via chapters on literature, song and function, movie and radio, and visible paintings and layout, along the extraordinary upward push of relaxation and intake within the Nineteen Twenties
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In many ways the tension between the past and future progress within American society was represented in the neurotic individual, trapped The Intellectual Context 13 in the past and unable to progress to ‘normalcy’ until psychoanalysis unlocked the door to a more stable future. As Freud noted in 1927, progress in psychoanalysis (and culture more generally) relied on a tension between the past and the present, where ‘the present . . 46 By the 1920s intellectual interpretations of American history were being amended by Freud’s theories.
64 An apparently serious threat to intellectual and educational freedom, the ACLU approached a high-school science teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, asking him to act as a test-case for challenging the legitimacy of the statute. After teaching evolution from a biology textbook, John Scopes was arrested and charged according to the Butler Act. 65 Over the 1920s, Bryan had become a leading campaigner for the fundamentalist anti-evolution movement, arguing for the literal interpretation of the Bible. Despite this, he did not neatly fit into reactionary categories.
40 While the social sciences started to use scientific research methods in a more systematic way, the shift came alongside a new dissemination of science in popular culture. 42 As a 12 American Culture in the 1920s consequence, the discovery of vitamins, calories, new hormones such as insulin, and medical cures such as penicillin became integrated into popular knowledge for the first time. 43 A proliferation of popularscience magazines and bestsellers added to this expansion of scientific knowledge, impacting on all aspects of culture, from art and poetry to self-help and fashion.
American culture in the 1920s by Susan Currell