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America in the twenties : a history

Author: Geoffrey Perret
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1982] ©1982
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The twenties are both the most derided decade in American history, and the most glamorous. In a sense, the twenties were the first decade of the twentieth century, with the Great War serving as the death agony of the nineteenth. That is why the period can seem so familiar to us. More surprising is to find large areas of American life still in the grip of the Victorian/Puritan/frontier past. It was the struggle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Perret, Geoffrey.
America in the twenties.
New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1982
(OCoLC)558393638
Online version:
Perret, Geoffrey.
America in the twenties.
New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1982
(OCoLC)609154211
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Perret
ISBN: 0671251074 9780671251079
OCLC Number: 7998100
Description: 585 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Normalcy. Of pestilence and peace ; Striking episodes ; The red and the black ; Return of the nativist ; Pioneers! O pioneers! ; The right time ; Uncle Warren sees it through --
Part II: The high tide of the twenties. Modern is as modern does ; Damp Yankees ; The great Stone Face ; That old-time religion ; The golden age of bat, club, glove, and ball ; We are amused ; Black Rose ; Help! ; Cross words ; The high tide of the twenties : 1927 --
Part III: Belshazzar's feast. Hail to the Chief ; Worked up ; The business of America ; Wait not, want not ; Rose like a rocket ... ; ... fell like a stick --
Part IV: Purple twilight. Crime and punishment ; Built Wright ; Aspiring ; Plumbing the depths ; The wound-dresser ; Loose ends.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Perrett.

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The twenties are both the most derided decade in American history, and the most glamorous. In a sense, the twenties were the first decade of the twentieth century, with the Great War serving as the death agony of the nineteenth. That is why the period can seem so familiar to us. More surprising is to find large areas of American life still in the grip of the Victorian/Puritan/frontier past. It was the struggle between these two worlds that gave tension and shape to this hectic era. All across American life there was a deep break in continuity, with the sense of release that liberation brings, along with all the anxiety occasioned by the unknown. Here is a work of real and enduring history about a period of doubt and crisis at once familiar and distant. It is not just an anecdotal account of the twenties--although it reads with the pace and excitement of the best fiction--but a major story which views the decade as a crucial watershed in American experience. Perrett brings to life the crosscurrents of change and innovation that marked America's transition from innocence to maturity: the rise of the unions and radicalism, the changing role of women, the recognition of Black America. He depicts the revolution in standards and taste that followed the creation of the movie, broadcasting and publishing industries; the rise of jazz, modern fiction and an unselfconscious sexuality; and the dawning of a new, nomadic American life. He also traces the decline in faith, the collapse of old ideals, the loss of community and all the mixed blessings of liberation and mechanical progress that characterized the era. In them he recognizes the side-by-side existence of the old and the new and points to the conflicts, tensions and sense of excitement that this duality created. And he provides enlightening descriptions of the beginnings of many institutions, systems and ideas we now take for granted, from psychoanalysis, mass production and Time magazine to consumer credit, sex education and hard-sell advertising. This is the definitive portrait of an epoch that is endlessly fascinating and complex in its own right--and even more intriguing for its striking similarities and contrasts to the present age.--Adapted from book jacket.

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