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Sessions 16 and 17 THE ROARING 1920s, the Jazz Age,
When New York (Again) Captures the Imagination of the World. Wall Street boom, second
Industrial Revolution, electrical appliances, radio, new entertainment industry (industrialization
of cultural production), record players (the music industry), modern marketing and advertising,
the power of broadcasting, all centered in New York. Also, the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz as a 5
mixing of musical traditions and spiritual values (syncretism). New York radiates out to the rest
of the country the new styles, new values, new fantasies of the future. The sexual revolution of
the1920s, feminism, emerging impulses for civil rights, and a backlash from more conservative,
rural parts of the country. ASSIGNMENT #7 (300-word essay): In your own words, explain the dynamic culture of the Roaring ‘20s and
why it centered in New York, using both the lectures and the following documentary film: Ric
Burns, New York: A Documentary, episode five, “Cosmopolis (1919-1931)” (YouTube).