The two western countries this report will be focusing on are the United States of America and Australia. AMERICA The sass’s for the USA was a period of great turmoil and contrast compared to the sass’s as it was a decade of liberation and rebellion against traditional values to most Americans. Numerous social changes were being made which for some caused great anxiety; this anxiety was formed because people felt that the American way of life was being destroyed.
Because of the controversy surrounding the social changes the period is well known as the ‘Roaring ass’s” Entertainment In the ‘Roaring ass’s’ the average working week dropped from, 47. 4 to 44. 2 hours so people had more time to freely enjoy themselves. Along with this extra leisure time the average wage raised by 1 1 because of this the entertainment Industry was significantly Impacted as most of the spare time and money was being channeled towards It.
Music/Radio: In the midst of the sass’s radios were being used nationally and became a very popular recreation to a large amount of people. Proof of the increasing popularity is shown with the stats that shows that in August 1921, there was only one licensed dado station; however by the end of 1922, the number of licensed radio stations rose to 508. “The Jazz Age”: One of the factors of the Increasing popularity In radios was because It enabled people to listen to Jazz.
Jazz music became an obsession among young people as It was rhythmic and easy to dance to: the older generation however perceived jazz as a highly suggestive dance moves that were made from Jazz, parents and grandparents were frankly disgusted that their children were undertaking these dances and concluded that Jazz was a dire influence on the younger generations. Cinema: The massively successful film industry situated in Hollywood was developing during the sass’s and the cinema was arguably, the most exciting development of the time. It influenced people in the fashion sense and influenced people in the way that they behaved.
Using the spare leisure time gifted to Americans, they would visit the cinema several times per week as it was very cheap, easy to get to, and the cinemas were very pleasant and luxurious places in which people could socialist. In 1927 an average of 60 million Americans visited the cinema on a weekly basis but then rapidly increased to an average of 110 million by 1929. A factor in this increase was due to the development of talkies; before 1929 most movies were silent and involved no speaking, once the first talkie’ was produced the rapid incline in the popularity of the cinema continued furthermore.
AUSTRALIA After World War I was over many Australians were eager to leave the hardships and events of war behind them. This positive attitude, like the USA also brought major changes to Australia’s society, such changes will be elaborated on below. The subject of aviation had a massive popularity boost after the war; people not only recently went to air shows but also wore aviation equipment to many places they visited.
After the war people regarded pilots as heroes because of their massive contribution and impact they made towards the war. The Model T Ford was taking Australia’s transport world over, from horse drawn carriages to vehicles that had thousands constructed everyday which made people get to their destinations far more easier and quicker than before. In 1921, Australia’s very first airline company was made called ‘Santa’ which revolutionized the way people could travel, as they now took days to travel the world and not weeks.
Sport in sass’s Australia was Just as prominent as it is now as the most popular sports of the sass’s were Cricket, Soccer and the Australian Football League (FALL). Arguably the most popular sport in the three listed was cricket, with sporting legends such as Sir Donald Birdman and Gordon Coventry taking the stage. The most obvious sporting icon from the sass’s and even in modern times was Sir Donald Birdman, his unbelievable skill attracted massive crowds to such sporting events, and encouraged Australia nationally to play the game of cricket.