I had intended to write about the Beatniks but inspired by Christina’s movie review of The Great Gatsby I shall retrace about 30 years back.
The Great Gatsby, as with author F Scott Fitzgerald’s other works, was an indictment of the Roaring Twenties in America. The peak of that generation featured the Jazz Age, motion pictures, cars and radios became commercially available. Women’s Suffrage was getting traction (women got to vote in the US in 1920) and most titillatingly, women slipped out of their Victorian corsets and launched the flapper culture; basically flipping off the subjugation of the previous centuries. Read: Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.
It was a golden age of excess and decadence. All
this would come tumbling down when The Great Depression hits in the 1930s but hey, that’s like years away so let’s just partayy!!
In other places around the world however, ‘Roaring 20s’ was having a different connotation. China was imploding in a civil war and the locals were struggling against the British yoke in India.
Nonetheless, this era of peace and prosperity in America laid the foundation of cultural dominance that is still evident today and saw the emergence of many legendary icons such as Charlie Chaplain, Edwin Hubble as well as the discovery of Penicillin.