By Susan Currell
Within the decade following the top of global struggle I, the U.S. rose to its present seat because the best international superpower matched by way of an rising cultural dominance that may come to signify the second one half the 20th century. American tradition within the Twenties is a fascinating account of the most important cultural and highbrow traits that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." fending off superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" laid low with a "lost generation," the quantity presents an entire portrait that comes with chapters on literature, tune and function, movie and radio, visible paintings and layout, and the unheard of upward push of rest and intake.
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American Culture in the 1920s (Twentieth-Century American Culture) by Susan Currell