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By Susan Currell

Within the decade following the top of global struggle I, the USA rose to its present seat because the major global superpower matched by means of an rising cultural dominance that will come to signify the second one half the 20th century. American tradition within the Twenties is a fascinating account of the most important cultural and highbrow tendencies that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." averting superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" suffering from a "lost generation," the amount presents an entire portrait that comes with chapters on literature, track and function, movie and radio, visible paintings and layout, and the unheard of upward push of relaxation and intake.

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The physical and psychic power of woman is more indispensable to the well-being and power of the human race than that even of man’. Women thus remained central to the progress of civilisation but their emancipation was only of benefit if they used it for scientific efficiency and racial uplift. Despite the class and race bias in the birth control movement, however, many black, immigrant and working-class women subscribed to these ideas as a necessity (and boon) to modern womanhood, sexual freedom and the progress of civilisation.

The Intellectual Context 27 Despite the claims for a new group psychology based on these ideas, rifts in the movement were always present. 103 Others felt that Locke – educated in traditions of European thought – had papered over the everyday experiences of ordinary African Americans in order to promote a hygienic vision of the ‘New Negro’ with which white reformers and patrons would feel comfortable. At the same time the tension between past and future is clear in much of the anthology: in trying to establish a tradition for African American culture, while at the same time make claims for an entirely new modern age, the message was at times contradictory or paradoxical.

100 While the new centrality of African American artistry would provide uplift through cultural pursuit and refinement, all of American culture would be advanced. 101 To Locke, then, pluralist culture was in itself a form of progress, politics and racial advancement. The Intellectual Context 27 Despite the claims for a new group psychology based on these ideas, rifts in the movement were always present. 103 Others felt that Locke – educated in traditions of European thought – had papered over the everyday experiences of ordinary African Americans in order to promote a hygienic vision of the ‘New Negro’ with which white reformers and patrons would feel comfortable.

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