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By Susan Currell

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Within the decade following the top of worldwide struggle I, the U.S. rose to its present seat because the top international superpower matched via an rising cultural dominance that might come to symbolize the second one 1/2 the 20 th century. American tradition within the Twenties is a fascinating account of the key cultural and highbrow developments that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." averting superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" tormented by a "lost generation," the amount offers a whole portrait that comes with chapters on literature, track and function, movie and radio, visible artwork and layout, and the unparalleled upward thrust of relaxation and intake.

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107 As intellectuals rejected the repressions of Puritanism, Puritanism became associated with domineering, evangelical womanhood. The shallowness, materialism and functionalism that Stearns saw as a feature of American culture could be blamed on women, to whom ‘intellectual life is an instrument of moral reform . . 108 Rather than cultural improvement, he argued, the culture of the new woman and female reform had contributed to cultural and spiritual decline. 110 These ideas were connected as much to the changing nature of American society as to the changing roles of women within it.

98 This volume was expanded into an anthology in 1925, The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke. The volume of essays, stories and poems printed in The New Negro anthology illustrated a new interconnectedness between the social sciences and the creative arts, with sections on black demographics, sociology, and history interspersed with poems and essays on the culture of jazz, spirituals, art and sculpture. Locke saw salvation for the African American in the realm of such intellectual and cultural production, and his seminal essay ‘Enter the New Negro’ argued that a new psychology was emerging which shook off the ‘old chrysalis of the Negro problem’, showing a new self-respect and self-dependence.

In the strip a nouveau riche wife aspired to a bourgeois lifestyle while her husband remained stuck to his gauche working-class habits. ‘Bringing up’ father meant forcing him to adopt materialistic and superficial habits that had rapidly become associated with middle-brow, anti-intellectual, feminine bourgeoisification. Using ‘rolling-pin’ humour, the strip highlighted the new power of women in a world of showy artificiality and consumption – inevitably ‘mother’ was twice the size of ‘father’, although her reform project continuously fails.

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