By Susan Currell
Within the decade following the tip of global struggle I, the U.S. rose to its present seat because the best international superpower matched through an rising cultural dominance that might come to represent the second one half the 20th century. American tradition within the Twenties is an interesting account of the foremost cultural and highbrow developments that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." heading off superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" suffering from a "lost generation," the amount offers an entire portrait that incorporates chapters on literature, song and function, movie and radio, visible paintings and layout, and the extraordinary upward thrust of rest and intake.
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D: Have you read any? B: Well, I have read a little from time to time. But I didn’t pursue it, because I didn’t know I was to be called as a witness. D: You have never in your life made any attempt to find out about the other peoples of the earth – how old their civilisations are – how long they had existed on earth, have you? 71 The trial became a duel between old thought and new. That Bryan had so clearly refused to read the modern works of cultural anthropology and science appeared a rejection of modernity and the cultural knowledge upon which modern society depended.
Stearns used the example of the popular cartoon strip ‘Bringing up Father’ as an example of women’s relationship to modern cultural life. In the strip a nouveau riche wife aspired to a bourgeois lifestyle while her husband remained stuck to his gauche working-class habits. ‘Bringing up’ father meant forcing him to adopt materialistic and superficial habits that had rapidly become associated with middle-brow, anti-intellectual, feminine bourgeoisification. Using ‘rolling-pin’ humour, the strip highlighted the new power of women in a world of showy artificiality and consumption – inevitably ‘mother’ was twice the size of ‘father’, although her reform project continuously fails.
At the same time the tension between past and future is clear in much of the anthology: in trying to establish a tradition for African American culture, while at the same time make claims for an entirely new modern age, the message was at times contradictory or paradoxical. 104 Women and Culture Like the New Negro, the New Woman was not an innovation of the 1920s, yet rapid social change made women’s role in society a topic of heightened prominence and cultural concern. In the years preceding, women had played key parts in progressive and reform movements by using a moral authority garnered from their domestic roles as mothers, carers and homemakers.