The Year That Made the Decade Roar

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WW Norton
"The Roaring Twenties” is the only decade in American history with a widely applied nickname, and our collective fascination with this era continues. But how did this surge of innovation and cultural milestones emerge out of the ashes of The Great War? No one has yet written a book about the decade’s beginning.Acclaimed author Eric Burns investigates the year of 1920, which was not only a crucial twelve-month period of its own, but one that foretold the future, foreshadowing the rest of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, whether it was Sacco and Vanzetti or the stock market crash that brought this era to a close.Burns sets the record straight about this most misunderstood and iconic of periods. Despite being the first full year of armistice, 1920 was not, in fact, a peaceful time—it contained the greatest act of terrorism in American history to date. And while 1920 is thought of as starting a prosperous era, for most people, life had never been more unaffordable. Meanwhile, African Americans were putting their stamp on culture and though people today imagine the frivolous image of the flapper dancing the night away, the truth was that a new kind of power had been bestowed on women, and it had nothing to do with the dance floor. . .From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature, and the original Ponzi scheme, 1920 was truly a year like no other.
One of the most dynamic eras in American history—the 1920s—began with this watershed year that would set the tone for the century to follow.

Baker & Taylor
From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature and the original Ponzi scheme, an Emmy award-winning media critic investigates the year of 1920, a critical 12-month period of its own that foretold the future. By the author of Infamous Scribblers. 15,000 first printing.

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Author Eric Burns, former news correspondent for NBC News, explains the significance of the political, cultural, societal, and artistic changes of the year 1920 in this historical narrative for general readers. Burns explores the hopes and fears of the nation after WWI, pointing out that the year saw a post-war recession before the prosperity of the rest of the decade. Touching on Prohibition, the Jazz Age, and homegrown terrorism, the book describes key artists, writers, politicians, movements, and technological innovations that paved the way for the rest of the century. The author won an Emmy Award for media criticism and has written other books on history. The book is distributed in the US by W.W. Norton. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Describes how 1920 was filled with massive political and social upheaval behind the flash and frivolity the decade has become known for, arguing that the twelve-month period foreshadowed the events of the twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2015
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 9781605987729
Branch Call Number: 973.913 B937n
Characteristics: xviii, 348 pages ; 24 cm


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