Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Break from Hannibal Square...

So this week I have decided to take a break from discussing my ongoing research about Hannibal Square, and talk about what we are currently learning in class. I just finished reading the latest chapter in the class text book which covers the 1920's. The twenties, to me, is one of the most interesting eras in U.S. history because so much is going on. It is really the beginning of the modern age, and as the book says, it brought about the word modern. People, mostly the middle-class, started to realize that science and technology were forms of advancement that helped the quality of life. Inventions such as the industrialized car, washing machines, refrigerators, etc. helped housewives around the house, and created more time for leisure and vacation. But while the middle-class felt a rise in the economy, the working-class, which consisted mainly of eastern Europeans and African Americans, still felt resistance from white Protestants. But even through the tough times, the Harlem Renaissance came about, which brought a lot of literature from an entirely new perspective. I don't want to go into all the details of the twenties, we have professional historians for that, but I find the topic interesting and worth talking about.

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