Freedom: A History of US.
Webisode Menu Tools & Activities For Teachers About the Series Search This Site
Webisode 11: Safe For Democracy
Introduction Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment 3 Segment 4 Segment 5 Segment 6 Segment 7 Segment 8

See it Now - click the image and explore
Segment 6
Life magazine featuring flappers The Twenties Roar

Some people call the new decade the Roaring Twenties, some call it the Jazz Age, and some the Dance Age. Whichever you choose, it seems like a time of fun and change. It isn't just getting the vote that is changing women's lives. In 1919, before the twenties began their roar, women's ankles could sometimes be glimpsed beneath long skirts. Then skirts started going up, and up, and up. Some daring women now wear bathing suits that leave their legs bare. And makeup! Even nice women are wearing lipstick. Girls are bobbing their hair—cutting it short. Those girls are called "flappers See It Now - "Flappers" ." They drive cars, get jobs, go to the movies, read romantic novels, play Ping-Pong, and dance Check The Source - "The Flapper". My, do they dance! It is the big thing in the twenties. Some couples dance in marathons to see who could last longest and win a prize See It Now - Dance Marathon. And the big dance is the Charleston.

What a time this is! Successful businesspeople are national heroes. The stock market—like women's hems—is going up and up. Land values are booming. The car is replacing the horse and buggy See It Now - Car Assembly Line. And canned food, washing machines, telephones, and indoor plumbing can be found in ordinary homes. Young people are flocking to the movies, and, in 1927, the movies start talking See It Now - People Outside Movie Theater. Talk about fun!

Icon Key
See it Now Hear it Now Check the Source
Image Browser
Additional Resources
Did You Know?
In 1925 Wyoming elected Nellie Taylor Ross to be the first woman governor in U.S. history.

Did you know that Freedom is adapted from the award-winning Oxford University Press multi-volume book series, A History of US by Joy Hakim?

Previous Continue to: Segment 6. Page 2
Email to a friend
Print this page