Jazz

Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular musicians in the 1920s in the world of jazz and all around music.  He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.  He grew up in a very poor area of New Orleans, he had a hard childhood.  Louis grew up with no father and for the most part no mother.  His father abandoned them and his mother was a prostitute.  He left school in the fifth grade to get a job.  The family that looked after him encouraged him the most to be involved with music.  He grew up very quickly, very influenced by music.

Louis was mostly a jazz musician but he contributed to other popular music as well.  Armstrong went through a few bands, but he always stuck to who he was and the way he wanted to be.  His records are now looked at the most influencial and important in jazz history.  During Louis’s career he had a lot of major setbacks, but he never let it stop him.  Louis could sing and play the trumpet and he had a very mellow sound he wanted to put across.

Louis Armstrong was important to society because he made one of the biggest hits in history, “What a Wonderful World”.  He also had a lot of adversity when he was trying to go after his dream and he never gave up.  He used his hardships as fuel towards his music.  Louis showed how important music was to himself and society.

Bio. True Story. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Louis Armstrong Photo. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Youtube. (2013). What a Wonderful World. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

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Woman’s Rights

The social roles of women changed drastically during the 1920s in North America.  There lives started to be in their own control (Faulk, 2006.)  They started getting involved with things that only men would be apart of previously.  Things they got more involved in were jobs and sports such as boxing.  They started to have more of a riskier social life.  Women started wearing shorter skirts and revealing bathing suits.  Also, women would go to “scandalous” dances (Faulk, 2006.)  Women were working towards a life they always deserved.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union made a positive gain from prohibition.  This union got rid of all production, sale and consumption of alcohol.  They wanted to get rid of alcohol because they thought it was evil (Faulk, 2006.)  Alcohol led to many negative things for women such as; wife abuse, child abuse, accidents, poverty, neglect of family, diseases, wife desertion, and even death (Faulk, 2006.)  Women accomplished prohibition on their own, women were strong.

They achieved other things such as getting the first women to be apart of parliament.  Also the “famous five” getting the Supreme Court and government that they are considered to be a “person”.  Women at that time still faced challenges.  Even though they were recognized for some jobs they did during the war, they still were overlooked.  They didn’t earn very major jobs and if they did they were discriminated against. Women deserved a lot better.