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The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Volstead Act — Baloney!
(and what Caper thinks of the Time)

It was Jan. 16, 1920 when America stopped drinking (in public.) This was all due to the Volstead Act, the then-18th Amendment. This lasted 13 years. In an ironic attempt to put an end to violence, it promoted naughty behavior . . . drinking out of tea cups in secret (some) Gangster-organized saloons called 'Speakeasies,' where flappers and ordinary people became drunk on jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Bojangles Robinson, Kid Ory, Bessie Smith and Bix Beiderbecke.

Well, just after people started drinking again (legally), suffragettes were heard enough for women to vote, flappers change the face of womanhood and society was a'changing. Even though the depression came raging through, Caper thinks this time is one of great inspiration. While the world was changing, writers began observing the dark and the light and writing with a new, fresh sound indicative of the time itself.

The dope on (just a few) of
Caper's favourite Jazz Age authors

  • Dorothy Parker, a member of the Algonquin Round Table, is a writer whose work is smothered in wit, seduction, and intelligence.
  • F. Scotth Fitzgerald, thought of as a playboy and a lush, was a writer whose prose is clear, sparkling and sensual. He changed the face of literature at the time.
  • Ernest Hemingway was a member of Americans in Paris, and came to write some of the most important work: The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and The Sea and For Whom The Bell Tolls.
  • Gertrude Stein gave birth to the term The Lost Generation — an idea that the people in the 1920s had a lost sense of morality and a spiritual abandon. She, along with other writers, looked into this through their writing.
  • Zelda Fitgeraldwas, as they say, one of the brightest stars of the jazz age. She promoted difference, individuality and loved the Flapper. She was a symbol of change and a lovely writer.

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