What was meant by the term "Jazz Age?"

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The term “Jazz Age” is used to apply to the 1920s because jazz music was new and is said to typify the spirit of that decade.

Jazz was seen as something of a wild sort of music that broke away from the previous musical conventions.  It was more free and...

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The term “Jazz Age” is used to apply to the 1920s because jazz music was new and is said to typify the spirit of that decade.

Jazz was seen as something of a wild sort of music that broke away from the previous musical conventions.  It was more free and uninhibited than previous musical genres.  This made it a symbol of the 1920s.  The ‘20s were a time when society in general was breaking away from its old values and conventions.  It was a time when people were doing more for leisure than ever before.  It was a time when young women, in particular, were acting in less inhibited ways.  The whole ethos of the age (at least as it is told in history books) was one of change and a casting off of older, more inhibited ways.  For this reason, the term “Jazz Age” is typically used to describe this decade.

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