Discrimination Diaries Essay

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The 1920’s had the most changes and uproar of any decade. This was the age of business with Calvin Coolidge’s business mind leading to a short-lived prosperity. The new woman, the rise of Jazz, African American attempts for better rights, and the lost generation writers were also part of this enormous change. Young people of this generation finally felt less pressure to imitate their elders. This new culture will forever live on.
Business experienced an industrial growth in consumer production and consumption. More electricity was being mass produced than the rest of the world but when cars, refrigerators, and radios were being produced farmers fared the worst, as high tariffs to protect ...view middle of the document...

This granted Woman more job opportunities. More women worked for pay economically but in jobs that were seen as unfit for men. They worked as secretaries, typist, nurses, and elementary school teachers. Woman who worked at these jobs became less interested in protective legislation and more interested in salaries and opportunities equal to men’s. Feminist often did not go to the polls, as it was still male dominated and had a lack of experience in voting. Feminist divided as some asked for equal protection in factories while others even asked for special protection such as baring woman from working at nights. Even after the nineteenth amendment woman were not politically successful. There only legislative success came with the Sheppard- Towner Act set to extend federal assistance to states seeking to reduce infant mortality. Literacy tests and terrorism continued to annihilate the vote for African Americans and Woman alike.
Just as there was a “New Woman” in the 1920’s, there was also a “New African American.” Garvey urged African Americans who were suffering economic hardship and lynching in the south to take pride in their own culture. Garvey was arrested but had caused rise in black artist, sculptors, novelist, musicians and poets. Many blacks migrated to the North where they could expand their political influence. As African Americans moved north Jazz came to rising popularity across the nation. Whites came to nightclubs filled with black musicians but this did little to rid the prejudice of white society.
Jazz was one of the entertainment choices for Americans, but I was not the only one. Movies, Radio, music and sports...

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