New Leisure Activities, Sensationalism


Leisure activities in the 1920's helped unify the country because it brought different cultures together through different entertainment events. These events gave people something to do besides work and gave them a chance to experience what other cultures are going through.

Leisure Activities in the 1920's:

- Movies in America became one of the favorite leisure activities and remains that way today.

- Music was also very popular, the 1920's was known as the " Jazz Age" because jazz was so popular at the time in America.

- People started broadcasting commercials on the radio.

- Magazines and books became very popular. Barnes and Noble became one of the biggest book selling companies in the world.

- Sports like golf and tennis experienced a huge increase in popularity.

- Many dances were created like the tango and the shimmy.

- Televison was invented in the 1920's.

- Cartoon characters like Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse came out in the 1920's.

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The Cause:

- In the 1920's, leisure activities were starting to come up more often because so many people were working and workers wanted some kind of fulfillment after work that they didn't get while working. They found this fulfillment in entertainment medias such as movies, music, magazines, books, and sports.

The Result:

- Sports became very popular like baseball, golf, tennis, and basketball, these four sports are four major sports in America today. Sport legends like Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey were discovered and they are still talked about today. Jazz, Ragtime and broadway musicals were popular in the 1920's and are still very popular today, broadway musicals are very popular in New York City. The radio and televison were invented in the 1920's and people use these things everyday.

How did leisure activities in the 1920's unify America?:

- Before there were leisure activities people got very bored after work and didn't communicate with many people outside of work. People went to work and then went home everyday and didn't know what was going on in the rest of the America or even there city. When leisure activities came out people got to communicate with other people at the movies or at sporting events. People from different cultures were brought together because people of the same race usually lived and worked together in the 1920's.

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Sensationalism: - The radio, televison, and magazines got people interested in events like sports because they made them seem exciting and fun. People also started broadcasting commercials on the radio and televison and that got people interested in what they were selling.