1920s Decade in Photos: The Roaring Twenties

1920s Decade in Photos: The Roaring Twenties

by Jim Corrigan
     
 

During the 1920s, America celebrated like never before. It was the era of Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, but people drank liquor and listened to jazz music in secret nightclubs. Bold young women called "flappers" led a culture of revelry. Pilot Charles Lindbergh winged his way across the Atlantic. As the decade ended, the world faced the Great Depression.

Overview

During the 1920s, America celebrated like never before. It was the era of Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, but people drank liquor and listened to jazz music in secret nightclubs. Bold young women called "flappers" led a culture of revelry. Pilot Charles Lindbergh winged his way across the Atlantic. As the decade ended, the world faced the Great Depression. The Roaring Twenties were an exciting yet tragic decade.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan has done quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, each book makes use of posters, cartoons, prints, and newspaper pages as well. The "Roaring Twenties" (1920—1929) brought relief from war and pandemic, resulting in the rise of productivity in the U.S., the popularity of jazz, and finally, votes for women. On the darker side were Prohibition (with the rise of gangsters), the Teapot Dome scandal, the "Scopes Monkey Trial" over teaching evolution, and the beginning of the Great Depression. To his credit, Corrigan touches on art—in this title represented by Art Deco architecture, the new talking films, and music on the radio; two marvelous illustrations by John Held, Jr., epitomize the spirit of the Jazz Age. Other achievements of this frantic decade include Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and the discovery of penicillin. Looking ahead from a period that ended with the rise of Fascism in Italy and Germany and the ascent of Emperor Hirohito in Japan, Corrigan tells readers that the next decade would bring "financial crisis" and a second World War. The author's style is brisk, the illustrations often fascinating; the abundance of period photos, graphics, and popular art can help promote visual literacy. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031319
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Amazing Decades in Photos Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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