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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson D: Postwar Anxiety, Creativity, and Change


In the aftermath of World War I and the global influenza epidemic, rapid social changes created a "new culture." The increasingly urban, industrialized world embraced changes in technology, like the automobile, radio, and cinema. Traditional middle-class attitudes and values were called into question, and women's roles were transformed in many communities. These changes did not happen without repercussions in the media. Popular magazines, journals, and newspapers ran both articles criticizing the new culture and advertisements and articles celebrating it.

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Think about the transformations in society in the 1920s and the media messages that reflected and helped produce them, including the changes in technology, in women's lives, and changes in art, literature, and music in the 1920s. Think about these examples as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - Transformations in 1920s Society

How was society transformed in the 1920s?

  • Select the link to identify an image from this source or one of your choosing.
  • Describe the image.
  • Explain how the image reflects some of the changes — positively or negatively — in the world of the 1920s.
  • Cite the resources you consulted to inform your understanding of the changes and your point of view or position about how the image reflects them.

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