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

The Dream Factory

Publicity still from Don't Change Your Husband

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Often elaborately costumed on-screen and off, Gloria Swanson was glamorous but had a "common appeal." Frequently playing a rich woman in love with a poor man or a poor woman marrying up, her roles reflected concerns about shifting attitudes toward class in the 1920s. Notice the changes in fashion and hairstyle from the 1919 film Don't Change Your Husband to those made in the 1920s.

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