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1920s Culture and Wild Young People The roaring 20s produced a new culture marked by its youth and consumerism that often clashed with the traditions of older generations Social values began to change as self expression emerged as a prized value by youth Womens roles changed from the traditional restrained Victorianism of the past Views of work and who worked changed Consumerism gave birth to an expansion of mass entertainment and leisure activities The restraint of the past combined with present examples such as Prohibition caused a rebellious attitude in the younger generation Self expression moved to the front as Americans social values evolved clothes became a means of self expression and personal freedom Both men and women wore more casual and gaily colored styles than their parents would have consideredNorton p703 Issues that might have been whispered about became the focus of honest and open discussion The youth culture emerged separate from their parents and older adults The new influences of the era pushed youth into a life and activities viewed differently The youth culture often shocked the older traditionalists The line between acceptable and inappropriate behavior blurred as smoking swearing and frankness about sex became fashionableNorton p703 An alternate image of femininity emerged as women traded their Victorian looks for the modern flapper style Womens right to vote came to pass with the 19th amendment in 1920 Women became more active in politics and rights issues This spurned the change form the submissive heavily clothed women into a more aggressive new style of femininity the short skirts and bobbed hair of the 1920s flapper signified independent-mindedness and sexual freedom The flapper look became fashionable among office workers and store clerks as well as college coedNorton p705 Consumerism brought the industry of mass audience entertainment Attendance to movies increased along with sporting events Movie stars fed the liberalism ideals of youth Many critics of the American consumerism culture
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