Introduction: There were many arts and entertainments in the 1920's. Some of them are sports, radio, movies, and jazz. These arts and entertainments were very interesting to certain people. People love to watch and play sports and with the radio they didn't have to go they just had to listen to it on the radio.In some of the movies there would be jazz and other entertaining things. The roaring 20's was truly a time for arts and entertainments.

Sports By: Matt H
Football in the 1920's
Football in the 1920's

In the 1920s people loved and would pay to watch baseball. People loved watching Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium; he was the home run king. The polo Grounds is where lots of sports were played such as Baseball, Football and Boxing. The New York Giants played at the Polo grounds. George Carpentier was a great and famous boxer. But Jack Dempsey Knocked him out and it was a huge upset. Sports in the 1920s were a very important thing to a lot of people.
It started to be you were a very important person if u were a Pro Athlete. They got paid lots of money and were famous all around the country. There were new jobs in sports stadiums too, like being at a concession stand or walking around selling things. Then people also started to listen to the sports games on there radio, then they didn’t have to pay to watch the game they could just listen from home. People enjoyed sports and made a living from it in the 1920s and are still doing the same thing today.
  • Concession stand
  • Babe Ruth
  • George Carpender
  • Jack Dempsey
  • Polo Grounds
Work cited
Book: The 1920s from prohibition to Charles Lindbergh by Stephen Feinstein
Internet picture site: features/sports.php

Radio By: Stephen K

In 1929 about 10 million people had radios in their homes. You could listen to sports games, songs, news, and radio show. People would have podcasts on radios. You even could spread fashion through the radio. If you couldn’t make it to a baseball game or a boxing match, you could listen to it on the radio. The main type of music playing in the 1920s was jazz. In 1922 there were 600 radio stations that you could listen to. Many women listened to the radios, rather than men. Jazz music helped keep the world united.




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MOVIES By: Deanna
In the 1920's, movies were one of the entertainments for people. Movies gave people an escape into worlds of glamour and excitement they could never enter. They entertained people and there was acting in the movie and sometimes dancing and singing. They spread American popular culture to Europe. Songs, dances, fashions, and even slang expressions included in the popular culture. Some famous actors and actresses are Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Clara Bow, and many more. A famous actress that people enjoyed was Clara Bow (1905-1965) and a famous actor that people enjoyed was Charlie Chan. Several movie makers made fortunes overnight.

Most of the films were silent for most of the 1920s. The Jazz Singer introduced sound in 1927. A talkie caused a sensation in 1928-Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie, featuring Mikey Mouse. All movies were talkies within a few years. The movie industry was one of the wealthiest businesses. They Hired writers, composers, designers, and painters for unprecedented sums to create “talkies” that anyone could see or hear while watching the movie on the big screen. Kodak introduced the first color motion pictures in 1928. Broadway musicals soon were made into elaborate movie spectaculars that toured the country. Ever since movies started to have sound, people were thrilled and more people went to go see more movies more often. In the 1920s more people started to have time and money to see the movies and to go see their favorite actors/actresses. As movies improved and got better, more people went to go see the movies and now today movies have improved a lot from the 1920s and they are very popular.
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Jazz By: Tess

.Flappers preferred jazz music with its blaring brass horns and syncopated, or irregular beat. The only way to move to jerky music was to swing your arms, kick your legs, and shake your hips and shoulders. Jazz can twist the dancer’s spine out of alignment and that the off-key tones and jerky rhythm had a harmful effect on listeners. Jazz confused a person’s sense of right and wrong. Faulkner said that scientists had proven this theory in a study of jazz music and mentally ill patients. They considered jazz primitive, barbaric, and vulgar. It is merely an irritation of the nerves of hearing, a sensual teasing of the strings of physical passion. In order to dance to it, they learned complicated new steps like those of the Charleston, a dance that first appeared in the black revue Runnin’ Wild which opened on Broadway in 1923. Critics said that no one can do Charleston only professionals. In the Charleston there are flying feet, knocking knees, and crossing hands, but thousands of young flappers and their partners mastered it. Jazz was an impressive new art form and began creating jazz melodies of their own.

One of the best known was George Gershwin, whose jazz concerto Rhapsody in Blue premiered in 1924. The decade Roaring Twenties was called the jazz age, because the lively beat of jazz captured the spirit of the times. Jazz was developed by African Americans musicians in New Orleans. Armstrong listened to jazz played at the funeral processions and dance halls. Armstrong often played a small tin horn and learned how to play the trumpet. With other jazz musicians, he spread this new music to other parts of the country. Jazz became popular in the 1920s and it was a form of music that combined African rhythms, blues, and ragtime to produce unique sound. Jazz spread from a lot of different countries and made its way into the nightclubs of Harlem. The nightclubs featured poplar jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, and singers such as the jazz and blues great, Bessie Smith.

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