Social change and popular entertainment

The 1920s was a period of great cultural and social change in the USA.

This decade saw the rapid growth of popular entertainment and greater freedom for some women.

This was because:

  • people wanted to try out new things to escape from the memories of World War One;
  • some Americans had more money and more time for leisure activities;
  • there were technological advances;
  • young people challenged the values and lifestyles of their parents, and many women were not content with their traditional role;
  • black Americans wanted their culture promoted;
  • the development of the consumer society altered life for many.