Doherty Library is celebrating the Roaring Twenties by displaying significant moments from that era. Before the Roaring Twenties, the ‘Great War’ ended in 1918 and a postwar recession lingered on for three more years.
Then suddenly good times were back. Stock markets soared, and the 1920s became a symbol of Western prosperity. It was the time of American isolation, escapism, and social reform.
The twenties were the first decade to welcome women into politics and business. The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in 1920, making the United States the first country to give all women who were 21 or over the same voting rights as men.
The Harlem Renaissance is also known as the jazz age. The rhythm of the decade was jazz. Artists like Bessie Smith made her first blues recording in 1923, Louis Armstrong began his Hot Five in 1925, and Duke Ellington first played at the Cotton Club in New York’s Harlem in 1927.
Both displays will be available throughout the spring semester and located on the lower level of the library. All items are available for check out, please speak to library staff.
“‘Roaring Twenties, The’” The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, edited by Helicon, 2018. Credo Reference. Accessed 10 Feb. 2020.