Daily Life in Jazz Age America
by Steven L. Piott
June 2019, 254pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6165-9
$61, 51€, A88
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Tremendous change took place in America during the decade of the 1920s. There is hardly a dimension of our society today that cannot find a connection to that earlier era.

This volume reveals the everyday actions of individuals and their reflections on their lives during the 1920s.

The Jazz Age was a tumultuous time for Americans as they attempted to come to terms with “modernity.” Daily Life in Jazz Age America tells the story of how all Americans—blacks and whites, women and men, workers, employers, consumers, and activists—contended with new cultural attitudes as well as persistent racial, ethnic, and class tensions.

The book provides a broad examination of American society during the 1920s. Organized thematically, it covers rural and urban America; the changing nature of gender relationships; race relations; popular culture; the rise of mass spectator sports; and religion. Appropriate for general readers and students of history, Daily Life in Jazz Age America provides an informed and compelling narrative history and analysis of daily life within the context of broad historical change.


  • Provides readers with a look at tensions based on class, gender, ethnicity, and race that intensified under the strain of transition to the modern era and examines questions about equality, inclusion, status, and quality of life
  • Uses a social history approach that looks at immigrants and the native-born, farmers and workers, urbanites and migrants, employers and employees, policymakers and dissenters in the home, at the workplace, and of the church
  • Looks closely at how values and attitudes changed as America transitioned from an earlier Victorian culture that celebrated a value system rooted in hard work, self-sacrifice, and delayed gratification to a modern one that promoted immediate gratification and personal fulfillment through consumption
  • Includes a timeline of events, a glossary of key terms, primary documents, and a bibliography for discussion and further research
Steven L. Piott is emeritus professor of history at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. His published works include The Anti-Monopoly Persuasion: Popular Resistance to the Rise of Big Business, Holy Joe: Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri Idea, Giving Voters a Voice: The Origins of the Initiative and Referendum in America, American Reformers, 1870–1920: Progressives in Word and Deed, Daily Life in the Progressive Era, and Americans in Dissent: Thirteen Influential Social Critics of the Nineteenth Century. He is a former Fulbright teaching fellow at Massey University in New Zealand.


"This is a useful introductory resource for those researching 1920s America. Recommended for high school, academic, and public libraries."—Booklist, February 7, 2020

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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