6 The roaring twenties
The 1920s in the United States are known as the “Roaring Twenties” — a time of cultural change, prosperity, expanding consumer culture, new technology, jazz, and artistic innovation. Many of the changes associated with that decade came to North Carolina, and not all were welcomed. And many North Carolinians, especially in rural areas, were left out of the decade’s progress and excitement. In this chapter, we’ll look at some of the cultural changes of the 1920s and how they were received in North Carolina — from movies, literature, and flappers to debates over evolution.
- 6.1The booming twenties
- 6.2How the twenties roared in North Carolina
- 6.3"Eastern North Carolina for the farmer"
- 6.4"Home folks and neighbor people"
- 6.5North Carolina debates evolution
- 6.6Thomas Wolfe
- 6.7Asheville reacts to Look Homeward, Angel
- 6.8From stringbands to bluesmen: African American music in the Piedmont
- 6.9Hillbillies and mountain folk: Early stringband recordings
- 6.10Jubilee quartets and the Five Royales: From gospel to rhythm & blues
- 6.11The "flapper"
- 6.12Going to the movies