With the birth of jazz in early 20th century New Orleans, American music was changed forever. While jazz musicians often faced racial discrimination, women in jazz often had to overcome sexism as well. However, women were a major force in shaping the jazz genre, doing everything from singing to playing instruments and composing. Let’s take a look at the lives and careers of 7 women who played roles in shaping jazz.
We don’t really need to tell you that the 1920s were cool. The Roaring Twenties were characterized by prosperity and independence and people today are still fascinated by this decadent period in time. How could a decade that gave us flappers, fantastic fashion, the Jazz Age, women earning the right to vote, and a major technological boom be considered anything but cool? But just in case you still have doubt, check out these 17 photos that prove just how cool the 1920s really were. After that, be sure to take a look at the equally awesome 1930s.
The Sears Christmas Book, fondly known as the Wish Book, got its start in 1933 and quickly became a holiday staple for many American families. Each year, children would pore over its pages, dog-earing corners in hopes that Santa might notice and decide to leave their favorite toys under the tree. Let’s take a look at a few toys of Christmas past that the kids of the time were dreaming about, from the 30s through the 80s.
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