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Becker Susan D and William Bruce Wheeler The New Woman of the 1920s Image and Reality Discovering the American Past A Look at the Evidence 4th ed Vol II Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1998 The first part of the evidence Sources 1 and 2 consists of excerpts from two best sellers The Sheik and The Plastic Age Both of these two sources are fiction but still portray the truth of these times in which they were written In source 1 a young woman by the name of Diana Mayo is about to leave on a month-long journey through the desert Lady Conway expresses her feelings of disapproval by saying that Diana is behaving with a recklessness and impropriety that is calculated to cast a slur not only on her own reputation but also on the prestige of her country I feel that men and women should be treated equally I believe that a woman should be able to do what she pleases to do in life At this time in history women were not accepted in that way though Diana encounters a man that is begging her not to leave but she clearly expresses that she has no love for the man She says that marriage for a woman means the end of her independence and that she has never obeyed anyone in her life and she does not intend to ever obey anyone I do not believe that a woman loses her independence when getting married unless she chooses to lose it The second source is about a high school track star Hugh Carver that is arriving for his freshman year at Sanford an all-male college He and some friends get caught up in fraternity life and begin to drink alcohol One night he and his friend Carl get drunk and decide to go out on to the town where two prostitutes tempted them A football player prevents Hugh from going with
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