The Roaring Twenties...
The 1920's are mainly viewed as a periode of great economic depression, at first the US economy took a while to translate from "wartime economy" to "peacetie economy." After this dull phase, the economy was strong and thriving. This decade saw North America become the richest country on the earth, with industry aligned to mass production, and a society with a culture of consumerism. During the 1920's authors could not comprehend the changes they were seeing in their society. Some authors applauded the changes while others seemed to miss the ways of the past. Reading was extremely popular among free time activities, especially during the winter, when activities were very scarce. Before the television and radio people gained knowledge of the world and present day events through printed sources. That being aid newspapers, books, and magazines were an important part of most American lives, it also acted as a large part of their education. Magazines of the period were full of many short stories to entertain the readers.
Books That Define the Twenties
- The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - The ultimate indictment of the modern world's loss of personal, moral, and spiritual values.
- The New Negro by Alain Locke - A hopeful look at the negro in America
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The American dream that anyone can achieve anything
- Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill - A look at 30 years in the life of a modern woman
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - The lost generation of expatriates
- Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis - A satirical look at small town life
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - Details the moral decay of the Old South
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Black life in a Black community
F. Scott Fitzgerald
In July of 1925, Adolf Hitler published his autobiography. The book, was titled Mein Kampf (My Struggle), it was followed by a second book in 1926, and the People's Edition appeared in 1930. Hitler wrote the book while he was in prison during his erly career and vocied his opinion/hatred of Jews, and promoted his belifes that Germans were a superior race.