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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art

Americans Encounter the Modern

Americans develop their own styles of music, literature, art, and photography by embracing new forms or returning to established regional traditions.


New Forms, New Ideas

Modern forms of expression dominate the photography of Alfred Steiglitz and Eduard Steichen, the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Hilda Doolittle, and the jazz music of Louis Armstrong, Joe "King" Oliver, and George Gershwin.

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Regionalism: Reacting to the Modern

Americans like Robert Penn Warren and the "Southern Agrarians" and Mabel Dodge Luhan and her community of artists in New Mexico take the country's regional differences as the inspiration for and subject of their work.

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The Murder Mystery

Dashiell Hammett and Erle Stanley Gardner popularize crime fiction, creating a uniquely American spin on an earlier British tradition

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