American culture in the 1920s
- The Lost Generation refers to the generation of artists, writers, and intellectuals that came of age during the First World War (1914-1918) and the “Roaring Twenties.”
- The utter carnage and uncertain outcome of the war was disillusioning, and many began to question the values and assumptions of Western civilization.
- Economic, political, and technological developments heightened the popularity of jazz music in the 1920s, a decade of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity in the United States.
- African Americans were highly influential in the music and literature of the 1920s.