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Roaring Twenties (The Great and Powerful AtoZ Theme Reveal Blogfest 2015)

This is the first year I take part in the A to Z Challenge, and I’m so excited! I first learned about it last year when it was just over, and I immediately decided I would take part next year. Then I discovered many people have a theme, and I immediately decided I would have one. I don’t know whether this is going to make things easier, as it’s supposed to do since this is the first time ever I’m doing the challenge, but it sounds like fun.

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I also knew immediately what my theme would be – besides I’ve been researching Roaring Twenties America for the past four years and I’m quite familiar with the subject.
Although I had initially planned to set my story in Depression Era America, I’ve never regretted moving it back one decade. The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) but also a time where ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era, in my opinion.

When I first started researching the decade, I was shocked to discover how modern Twenties people were. In some respect, they were even more modern than people were going to be for a few decades afterwards.
And what about aesthetics? I’ve always been fascinated with Art Deco and its streamlined lines. And the bobbed hairs, a women fashion that was at the same time a bit masculine and a lot feminine.

I was fascinated with Prohibition since the first time I read about it in my textbook at school. It was just a few lines. Italian history books aren’t particularly concerned with Prohibition, because other things concerned us most in those same years, namely, the rise of Fascism. Still, it blew my mind the idea that such a natural, everyday life activity like drinking could be made illegal. I remember thinking that would be an excellent material for a story.

And so, some thirty years later, here I am writing that story.

WELCOME TO MY

ROARING TWENTIES

APRIL-CALENDAR [2015]

"There's a modernity to the Twenties that doesn't belong to any other decade of the 1900s. Everything was evolving in the 1920s. Potentials were high #history Click To Tweet

A – Anti-Saloon League
B – Black-and-Tan
C – College
D – Drys and Wets
E – Eighteenth Amendment
F – Films
G – Gin
H – Hijacking
I – Indian Citizenship Act
J – Jazz
K – Ku Klux Klan
L – Lingo
M – Model T
N – New Woman
O – Organised Crime
P – Policy
Q – Quiff
R – Recordings
S – Speakeasy
T – Teetotal
U – United States Brewers Association
V – Volstead Act
W – Wickersham Commission
X – Xenophobia
Y – Youth Culture
Z – Zozzled

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ROARING TWENTIES AtoZ by Sarah Zama - The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was both a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) and of ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era.
THE ROARING TWENTIES AtoZ - There's a modernity to the Twenties that doesn't belong to any other decade of the 1900s. Everything was evolving in the 1920s. Potentials were high
THE ROARING TWENTIES An AtoZ Guide - There's a modernity to the Twenties that doesn't belong to any other decade of the 1900s. Everything was evolving in the 1920s. Potentials were high

66 Comments

  • PammyPam
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 01:35

    That sounds like great fun! Do you have a 20s Pinterest board? I have one inspired by The Great Gatsby. We could pin stuff to it like a party!

  • Post Author
    jazzfeathers
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 07:01

    Hi Pammy 🙂

    I have A FEW Pinterest boards about the Twenties!
    This is my place, in case you’re curious https://www.pinterest.com/jazzfeathers/
    Where are yours? 🙂

  • Mars
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 09:02

    Hiya

    That sounds like a great theme and welcome to the A to Z! It’s my 2nd year taking part but my first year with a theme… hopefully at the end I’ll be able to compare and contrast the differences between A to Z themed and unthemed!

    Will pop by once we get going, best of luck and have a great time!
    Mars xx
    Curling Stones for Lego People

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 14:06

      Hey Mars, I love your theme! I’m a jewellery maker too and I love beads! I’m very curious to read what you’ll come up with 🙂

      This is my first year… and I really think it’ll be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to start, even if I’m a bti worry too, but hey!

      • Mars
        Posted March 23, 2015 at 17:51

        It’s good fun and can be a rollercoaster but everyone supports everyone else and we can all cheer each other on!

        Twitter is good for support and encouragement, I used the twitter chats a lot last year! I think they’re Thursdays but tweet anything on any of the hashtags and someone will answer you.

        Mars
        Curling Stones for Lego People

  • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 11:52

    That sounds interesting…my history is not the best so this will be extremely informative! Good luck with the challenge 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 14:12

      Thanks for stopping by, Sanch, and good luck to you too 🙂

      Your challenge sounds amazing. All in limericks… I’m speechless…
      I hope you’ll enjoy mine. I loved researching for my project, it was a great journey.

  • Tasha
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 12:05

    Great theme 🙂 All I know about Prohibition is that it played straight into the hands of the mob and there are some great films about it. I look forward to hearing more about the Roaring Twenties in your posts.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 14:23

      Hi Tasha 🙂
      I find Prohibition such a fascinating time in history, I hope people will like it too.

      Oh, my goodness, I love your theme! I’ve been a fantasy fan for decades and have been into myths and legends since even before that. Can’t wait to read your posts!

  • Alex Hurst
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 15:09

    Love it! This is a super fun theme! I’ll be keeping an eye on it, for sure!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 15:26

      I absolutely love your theme. One of my closest friends is in love with Japan, so I know a little bit about it, but I’d love to know more 🙂

  • Rebekah Loper
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 17:22

    Can’t wait to see everything you have in store! The 20s are a lot of fun, and you’ve been practically living in them! 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 18:06

      Well, I do feel quite confortable in these shoes 😉

  • Anabel Marsh
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 17:40

    Sounds a great theme! I’ll follow with interest.

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 18:07

      Thanks for stopping by, Anabel. As you already know, I find your theme, Glasgow, a great one too 🙂

  • Tarkabarka
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 18:06

    Oh fun! I love this theme! I’ll be visiting back in April. I do love historical fiction, and I love to see it during A to Z. Welcome to the challenge, I hope you’ll have a great time!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 20:05

      Thanks for the welcome. And seriously, I love your theme too. I wish I’d be able to do soemthing the like, but I’m sure I’ll be learning from your Challenge 🙂

  • Leetah Begallie
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 20:21

    Sounds great! The 20’s are fascinating. Excited to read your posts 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 23, 2015 at 20:38

      Thanks for stopping by. Your theme is great too. Inspiration. That’s a great theme to stay with for a month 😉

  • Lanise Brown
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 22:42

    Hey Sarah. Welcome to the A to Z Challenge. 🙂 I’m glad you joined and your theme for April sounds fantastic. The Roaring Twenties was an amazing time. I’ve always loved fashion from the twenties and art deco designs. So I look forward to seeing your posts!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 06:50

      Thanks Lanise. I’ve been waiting for April since last year, so you’d think I’m ready, right?
      Wrong!
      But I’m working hard and hope my posts will be interesting.

      Love your theme. Cool libraries around the world. I mean, how cool is that! 🙂

  • Maryann Holloway
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 22:03

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. https://mholloway63.wordpress.com/
    I’m looking forward to your theme. The Roaring 20s is a fascinating subject.

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 06:46

      Thanks for stopping by. I like your theme a lot myslef: WWII. That’s a time period I don’t know much about and I really want to learn more.
      You bet I’ll follow along in April 🙂

  • Michele Truhlik
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 00:33

    Ooh, what fun!!! I love the Roaring 20s!!! Can’t wait to read all your posts. I’ll definitely be a regular here. 🙂 Have fun and hope to see you ’round the A-Z racetrack!
    Michele at Angels Bark

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 06:57

      Thanks, Michele. I really hope you’ll enjoy it.
      I’d have never come up with cush a cool theme as yours. The concerts of your teen days.
      I’m becoming all nostalgic, now. Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

  • Mel
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 01:45

    How fun is that! I feel like dressing up for it heh.

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 07:02

      Hi Mel and thanks for stopping by.
      I’m fascinated by other places AtoZ. I realised I’ve subscribed for quite a few blogs that will be posting abotu places I don’t know.
      Can’t wait to read your entries 🙂

  • Mee Magnum
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 03:15

    Love your theme! What a great time in history. I can’t wait to follow along in April with all your blog posts.

    This is our, The Chinese Quest first #AtoZChallenge. And we’re very excited to be participating!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 07:30

      Hey thanks for stopping by 🙂
      I love your theme too… because I love Chinese food, you know 😉

  • Sharon Marie Himsl
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 04:10

    I look forward to learning more about the Roaring Twenties…a fascinating time in American history!

    I’m doing Inventions by Women

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 07:35

      Hey, we’re both history buffs, aren’t we Sharon?
      I love your theme. I think that facts affecting people’s everyday life are so fascinating and we seldom learn about them when we study history.
      Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

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  • Lene Fogelberg
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 14:02

    I love the twenties! I adored the Gatsby movie and the Woody Allen movie with Owen Wilson when he travels to the twenties of Paris, “Midnight in Paris”, meeting up with all authors and artists of the day. This is gonna be great. Benissimo!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 24, 2015 at 14:15

      Well, my Twenties don’t really have much to do with this socialites’ stories, seeing as my novel is set in Chicago Black Belt, but I hope it will be fun for you people anyway 😉

      I haven’t watch Allen’s film yet, but I mean to. Everybody tells me it’s really brilliant.

  • Part Time Monster
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 17:04

    This is an amazing idea! Looking forward to reading your posts!

  • Post Author
    jazzfeathers
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 17:18

    Hi and thanks for stopping by. I find your theme fascinating too. And hey, my story kinds of falls into it 😉

  • Elise VanCise
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 04:07

    I love your theme! I’m a huge history buff and love the 20s-40s. Such a romantic and tragic era. Can’t wait to check out your posts!

  • Post Author
    jazzfeathers
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 06:38

    There’s something special about the diesel era, isn’t it?

    Hey, your challenge sounds… very challenging. I’ll cheer along! 🙂

  • Nick Wilford
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 10:33

    It’s a fascinating era. Look forward to the posts!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 25, 2015 at 16:08

      Hey Nick, thaks for stopping by. Good luck with your challenge… looks quite dementing to me. I mean, even more demanding than it nornally is…

  • Stephanie Rose Bird
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 15:16

    I love your topic and theme. Both of my novels are set back in time. The research is so fun and I bet you’ll have fun sharing and getting lots of comments through the A to Z challenge. Welcome to this marathon event!

  • Post Author
    jazzfeathers
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 15:27

    Thanks Stephanie 🙂
    I discovered the challenge last year when it was just over. I can’t wait for it to start!
    I love writing my story, but yes, I had (and still having) a great fun reserching as well. I think history can teach us so much.
    Hey, where are your stories set?

  • Sabina
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 15:55

    This is an awesome idea! I can’t wait to read your investigation into the 20s. So many great A-Z themes this year–I’m so excited 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 25, 2015 at 16:09

      Hi Sabina, thanks for stopping by.
      Well, this is my first AtoZ and I’m overwhelmed with how many wonderful themes I’ve discovered.

      I visited your blog, but I didn’t see a reveal. Are you going adventurously? 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 25, 2015 at 16:13

      Oh, wait, I’ve just seen. You mislead me with your alternative banner 😉

  • Betty
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 03:09

    Very interesting theme!! I don’t know much about the 1920s, but I’m thinking there was a bit carefree to it and reckless spending, etc., which led to the Great Depression; maybe lessons we can learn to this day! Have fun with it!

    betty

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 26, 2015 at 06:31

      The Twenties are such a fascinating place in history. I hope I’ll be able to fascinate you the way I am fascinated 🙂

  • Lillian Csernica
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 03:11

    I love to read and write historical fiction, so I can’t wait to see what you write about. I’m a big fan of Art Deco as well. Happy A to Z!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 26, 2015 at 06:33

      Well, I can’t wait to read your theme. Because, you know, I think I watched a few of those films 😉

  • Sue Archer
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 01:28

    Hi Sarah, I started blogging right around A to Z time last year, and was scratching my head about all of the alphabet posts going around until I figured it out! 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this, too, and I’m diving into the challenge on my own blog. I love history, and the Roaring Twenties is such a fascinating time…happy to be learning new things from you in April! All the best to you with the challenge.

    Sue Archer
    Doorway Between Worlds

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 27, 2015 at 07:00

      Hi Sue and thanks for stopping by.
      When I learned about the challange I thought it was genial and have been waiting ever since.
      We’re nearly there, now 🙂

      Your theme sounds like a lot of fun too. You’ll see me haunting your blog!

  • Barbara In Caneyhead
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 00:09

    Love you theme idea! And welcome to the Challenge! This is my fourth year in the Challenge and my first as a “minion” helper.Hold on to your britches and have a blast!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp’s Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge

  • Post Author
    jazzfeathers
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 06:13

    Hi Barbara and thanks you for the welcoming 🙂
    I’m super excited for this challenge. Can’t say I’m ready, but I’m certainly excited!

  • Melissa Sugar
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 21:51

    Hi, I am just making the rounds and trying to get to know others who are participating in the A to Z challenge. I am captivated by your theme. I love the 20’s era. I know your blog post will be fascinating and I can’t wait to read them. Welcome to the challenge. It is a challenge, posting everyday, but so worthwhile and fulfilling. I’ve made so many friends from this challenge. Best of luck.

    I am having a little mystery game for my crime fiction theme. There will be weekly prizes for solving daily clues and a grand prize at the end of April for solving the big crime. I hope you will stop by.

    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 29, 2015 at 05:21

      Hi Melissa and thanks for stopping by. Your theme sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

      This is my first challange and I can’t wait for it to start. I think it will be very demanding, but also fun and (I hope) rewarding. I’ll tell you at the end 😉

  • Anna
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 16:18

    Dropping by to say hi! 🙂

    Your theme sounds pretty interesting. Looks like you’ve done a lot of research!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:11

      Hi Anne, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
      You have a pretty good theme yourself. Not long ’til I can read about it!

  • Celine Jeanjean
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 17:30

    That is a fantastic theme, really looking forward to your posts!! I love the 20s, but I don’t actually that much about the era so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot over the next month 🙂

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:13

      Hi Celine, I hope you’ll like it.
      You know? Never imagined it would be such a job… but I’m liking it 🙂
      I’m also freaking out. It’s just few hourse left and I’m freaking out!
      How are you?

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  • SHARON JAYNE BRYNING
    Posted April 29, 2018 at 08:51

    Fascinating read. I knew a little about this period through documentaries, films et al but you really brought it to life. Thanks

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted April 29, 2018 at 16:00

      Hi Sharon and thanks for stopping by. I’m happy you found my series interesting. The Twenties are such fascinating times, don’t you think?

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