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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Jazz Age for showing us
even as Americans partied the KKK, Labor Riots, and Police
Brutality ran rampant. All was not perfect in paradise.

The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age (2003) - 60 minutes
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Narrated by Fred Allen

The Jazz Age captures America as it went through a profound and exhilarating change in morals and manners from the end of World War I to the Great Crash of 1929. Narrated by Fred Allen, the decade opens with images of Klan rallies, returning doughboys quelling labor riots, and police brutalizing immigrants as the mood of the country was to "make America safe for Americans." With Prohibition, the automobile became a portable saloon for young people as a new generation came of age, but much of the striking footage drawn from newsreels and period motion pictures goes beyond the stereotypes of flappers and gangsters to create a captivating portrait of life on Main Street. The brilliant orchestral scoring of popular tunes by Robert Russell Bennett captures the mood of the images, from the relaxed pace of small town commerce to the frenetic energy of nightclubs, jazz bands, and chorus lines. As the decade was drawing to a close, the drama of Lucky Lindy's flight and the celebration that followed its success reinforced the blind optimism of the period, epitomized by President Hoover seen here predicting the abolition of poverty as the nation was reeling toward the Great Depression.

10 Programs

1: A nation searches for "normalcy after WW I 6: Artists and writers flock to Paris
2: New manners, new morals 7: All eyes on Lucky Lindy
3: Big business in bootleg hooch 8: Jazz Age sports heroes
4: Spotlight on Chicago gangsters 9: Americans become fearless stock speculators
5: Trans-Atlantic cruise boom 10: Wall St. lays an egg


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The Jazz Age

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Jazz Age for showing us
even as Americans partied the KKK, Labor Riots, and Police
Brutality ran rampant. All was not perfect in paradise.