During the 1920s there was a much greater difference between the east and west in America than there is today. New York was exciting, sophisticated, glamorous, full of opportunities for talented and ambitious people, a magnet drawing young people like Nick Carraway from all over the country. Fitzgerald's dichotomy would not apply to present-day America as readily as it did back in the Jazz Age. The things that Fitzgerald disliked about the East Coast are probably as common in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and elsewhere as they are in New York. The U.S. used to be predominantly agricultural. Most people went to church on Sundays and lived uneventful lives. An enormous percentage of Americans lived on farms or in small towns. These people were written about by writers like Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Hamlin Garland, Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, and many others. In some ways they were better than easterners. But most of the people who came to the east to live probably stayed in the east because it offered more opportunity and more stimulation. Those who went back home for Christmas were likely to feel like strangers and to want to get out of there as soon as possible. America has changed greatly since the time of The Great Gatsby.