The 1920’s were a great time for arts and entertainment. It made people have fun and make the world a better place after the horrors of World War I. The great American past time started to kick up in this time era due to all of the excitement of baseball. Movies also gave great excitement to everyone. They would go to nickelodeons for 5 cents and watch a silent movie as live music was played during it to make the movie more exciting than it already was. There are many famous people that people now look back at and admire such as George Herman “Babe” Ruth and John Wayne for their amazing accomplishments.

Vocab to remember:

1. Nickelodeon – the first movie theaters ever
2. Negro baseball leagues – professional baseball leagues created for African American’s to play in since they couldn’t play in the MLB due to segregation
3. Talkies – the first movies that had dialogue

Sports in the 1920’s:

In the 1920’s, there were 16 teams in the MLB (Major League of Baseball) and those 16 teams were separated into 2 divisions, the American League and the National League. In each league there were 8 teams. In the American League, the teams were the St. Louis Browns, the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Athletics, and the Washington Senators. In the National League, the teams were the Boston Braves, the New York Giants, the Brooklyn Robins, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Cincinnati Reds. These teams played in a round robin season playing each other multiple times until the season is over. Once the season ends, there wouldn’t be any playoffs, only the best team from each division would play each other in a 7 game series for the World Series title. To read more about this topic go to:
In the 1920’s there was also a Negro baseball league because they weren’t allowed to play in the MLB. The league was called the NNL (National Negro League). In the NNL, there were 8 teams. They played in a round robin season until they got to the playoffs where they would have a bracket made tournament. The 8 teams were the Chicago American Giants, the Chicago Giants, the Cuban Stars, the Dayton Marcos, the Detroit Stars, the Indianapolis ABC’s, the Kansas City Monarchs, and the St. Louis Giants. To read more about the NNL and other facts about black players in the NNL go to:
Here is a picture of the 1924 Chicago American Giants

Babe Ruth

Ruth was born on February 6, 1895. Babe Ruth was said to have been the biggest part in helping bring baseball back to America after the Black Sox scandal. Ruth was very poor as a kid and since his parents couldn’t manage him anymore, he was put in a Baltimore orphanage. In 1914, Ruth got picked up by the minor league team in Baltimore and later that year, the team sold him to the Boston Red Sox. While Ruth stayed with the Red Sox, he won 2 World Series. He won them in 1916 and 1918. Then, in 1920, Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees. With the Yankees, Ruth set records such as consecutive innings pitched without giving up a run (29 1/3) and most home runs in one season (60). In Ruth’s time with the Yankees, they won 6 AL pennants. Ruth retired after the 1935 baseball season and he died on August 16, 1948.
Ruth swinging multiple bats getting ready to go up to bat

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Films in Roaring 20’s

During the 20’s movies started to make their first appearances in America. Films made people laugh making the world a happier place after the horrors in WWI. Early movies had no sound and were usually accompanied by live music. The first movie theatres were called “Nickelodeons’.” People usually dressed up to go to films, as if it were a formal event. An average of 800 films was produced annually in the 1920’s. In 1927 The Jazz Singer was the first talking feature that featured a star singer and actor, Al Jolson. 85% of move production took place in Hollywood, CA. Many sights were located in Hollywood, giving it a good place to film movies. Also there was always perfect weather in Hollywood. Since talkies now were taking over silent movies profanity was starting to be used. The first movie to use foul language was What Price Glory? Movies had a growing influence on everyday life. People copied everything stars said

, did, and wore. People even started to wear their hair like famous actors. Many genres were introduced to America, Adventures, religious epics, war stories, and romantic comedies. Charlie Chaplin was the king of comedy in The Kid and The Gold Rush. 1st gangster related and full sound track movie was Lights of New York starring Helene Costello and Cullen Landis.
For more information on Movies in the Roaring 20’s go to:

here is what a nickelodean looked like in the 1920's

Charlie Chaplin


Charlie was a famous actor during the roaring 20’s. Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England, on April 16th 1889. His father was a versatile vocalist and actor and his mother was known under the stage name of Lily Harley and was an attractive actress and singer. His parent influenced him in also becoming a successful actor. Charlie started his young career at juvenile group called "The Eight Lancashire Lads" and rapidly won popular favor as an outstanding tap dancer. At fourteen, he got his first chance to act in a legitimate stage show, and appeared as "Billy" the page boy, in support of William Gillette in Sherlock Holmes. Charlie started a career as a comedian in vaudeville, which eventually took him to the United States in 1910 as a featured player with the Fred Karno Repertoire Company. Months later he signed with Mutual Film Corporation to make 12 two-reel comedies. In 1917 he became an independent producer in a desire for more freedom and greater leisure in making his movies. In 1918 he was featured in Shoulder Arms, a war based film. His major and most popular films were The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, the Great Dictator, Monseiur Verdoux, Limelight, and A King in New York. Other then being a world famous actor in the 1920’s he also sang and wrote books. His known books were My Trip Abroad, A Comedian Sees the World, My Autobiography, My Life in Pictures. Unfortunately he died on December 25, 1977.

Here is a short clip of Charlie Chaplin's Shoulder Arms:

For more information on Charlie Chaplin visit:

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Early Nickelodeons in Passaic County, New Jersey .
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