What was meant by the term "Jazz Age?"

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

jacobsr | Student

The jazz age was a time in the 1920's. Jazz music had been mainly heard in clubs in the African American communities. Radio broadened the appeal and introduced it to more people. Young people took it as a form of rebellious music. Society and culture was changing after world war 1. Women were now working more and the suffrage movement was very strong. Women felt more freedom and embraced the jazz age. The flapper is an iconic symbol of the jazz age. The depression ended the jazz age as people had more serious things to think about and do.

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