Description: This illustrated encyclopedia offers in-depth coverage on one of the most fascinating and widely-studied periods in American history. Extending from the end of World War I in 1918 to the great Wall Street crash in 1929, the Jazz Age was a time of frenetic energy and unprecedented historical developments, ranging from the League of Nations, woman suffrage, Prohibition, the Red Scare, the Ku Klux Klan, the Lindberg flight, and the Scopes trial to the rise of organized crime, motion pictures, and celebrity culture.
Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age provides detailed information on the politics, economics, society, and culture of the era in a fast-paced narrative that will appeal to readers from senior high school through undergraduate level. Entries cover themes, personalities, institutions, ideas, events, trends, and more, and special features such as sidebars and cultural landmarks help bring the era vividly to life.
List of Sidebars
Adkins v. Children's Hospital (1923); Advertising; African Americans; Agriculture; Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929; Air Conditioning; Algonquin Round Table; Alien Property Custodian Scandal; American Civil Liberties Union; American Farm Bureau Federation; American Federation of Labor; American Mercury ; Americanization; Anarchism; Anderson, Sherwood; Anti-Catholicism; Anti-Saloon League; Anti-Semitism; Appliances, Household; Arbuckle (Fatty) Scandal; Architecture; Armstrong, Louis; Art, Fine; Asian Americans; Association Against the Prohibition Amendment; Atlas, Charles; Automobile Industry; Automobiles and Automobile Culture; Aviation
Bailey v. Drexel Furniture Company (1922); Baker, Josephine; Baldwin, Roger; Baseball; Beauty Industry and Culture; Beiderbecke, Bix; Berlin, Irving; Berger, Victor; Bernays, Edward L.; Birth Control; Black Sox Scandal; Blues; Bohemianism; Borah, William; Boston Police Strike of 1919; Bow, Clara; Boxing; Brandeis, Louis; Bureau of Investigation; Burroughs, Edgar Rice; Byrd, Richard E.
Canada; Capone, Al; Catholics and Catholicism; Celebrity Culture; Chambers of Commerce; Chaplin, Charlie; Chicago Race Riot of 1919; Child Labor; Children and Child Rearing; China, Relations with; Cigarettes and Tobacco; Coal Industry; Coal Strike of 1919; Commerce Department, U.S.; Communist Party; Coolidge, Calvin; Country Music; Credit and Debt, Consumer; Crime, Organized; Criminal Punishment; Cummings, E.E.
Dance, Performance; Dance, Popular; Darrow, Clarence; Daugherty, Harry M.; Davis, John W.; Dawes, Charles; Dawes Plan (1924); DeMille, Cecil B.; Demobilization, Industrial; Democratic Party; Dempsey, Jack; DePriest, Oscar; Design, Industrial; Dewey, John; Dominican Republic, Intervention in; Dos Passos, John; Dreiser, Theodore; Drugs, Illicit and Illegal; Du Bois, W.E.B.
Economic Policy; Ederle, Gertrude; Education, Elementary and Secondary; Education, Higher; Election of 1918; Election of 1920; Election of 1922; Election of 1924; Election of 1926; Election of 1928; Electricity Industry; Eliot, T.S.; Eugenics; Evangelicals and Evangelical Christianity; Europe, Relations with
Fads and Stunts; Fairbanks, Douglas; Farmer-Labor Party; Fashion, Men's; Fashion, Women's; Federal Highway Act of 1921; Federal Power Commission; Federal Radio Commission; Fiction; Film; Film Industry; Fisher, Carl; Fitzgerald, F. Scott and Zelda; Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley; Florida Land Boom; Flu Pandemic (1918); Food Administration, U.S.; Food and Diet; Football; Ford, Henry; Ford Motor Company; Fordney-McCumber Tariff of 1922; Fosdick, Harry Emerson; Four-Power Treaty (1921); Fourteen Points; Fundamentalism, Christian
Garvey, Marcus; Gary, Elbert H.; Gastonia Strike of 1929; General Electric; General Motors; Geneva Arms Convention of 1925; German Americans; Gershwin, George; Gish, Lillian; Gitlow v. New York (1925); Golf; Grange, Red
Haiti, Intervention in; Harding, Warren G.; Harlem Renaissance; Havana Conference of 1928; Health and Medicine; Hearst, William Randolph; Hemingway, Ernest; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr.; Hoboes; Homosexuals and Homosexuality; Hood, Raymond; Hoover, Herbert; Hoover, J. Edgar; Housing; Hughes, Langston
Immigration; Immigration Laws of 1921 and 1924; Industrial Workers of the World; Irish Americans; Italian Americans
Japan, Relations with; Jazz; Jewish Americans; Jones, Bobby; Journalism
Keaton, Buster; Kellogg-Briand Pact (1928); Kennedy, Joseph; King Tut's Tomb; Ku Klux Klan
Labor Movement; La Follette, Robert; Landis, Kenesaw Mountain; Lasker, Albert; Latin America, U.S. Relations with; Latinos and Latinas; Law and the Courts; Lawrence Textile Strike of 1919; League of Nations; League of Women Voters; Leisure and Recreation; Leopold and Loeb Case (1924); Lewis, John L.; Lewis, Sinclair; Lindbergh Flight (1927); Locarno Treaties (1925); Locke, Alain; Lost Generation; Luce, Henry; Lynching
Marriage, Divorce, and Family; Mayer, Louis B.; McAdoo, William G.; McKay, Claude; McPherson, Aimee Semple; Mead, Margaret; Mellon, Andrew; Mencken, H.L.; Mexico, Relations with; Migration, Great; Military Affairs; Mississippi Flood of 1927; Music, Classical
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; National Association of Manufacturers; National City Bank; Native Americans; Ness, Eliot; New York Daily News; New Yorker, The ; Nicaragua, Intervention in; Non-Partisan League; Normalcy; Norris, J. Frank
Office Work; Oil and Oil Industry; O'Keeffe, Georgia; Oliver, Joe "King"; O'Neill, Eugene; Osborn, Henry Fairfield
Palmer, A. Mitchell; Paris Peace Conference of 1919; Parker, Dorothy; Passaic Textile Strike of 1926; Paul, Alice; Pickford, Mary; Poetry; Ponzi Scheme; Population and Demographics; Progressivism; Prohibition (1920-1933); Protestantism, Mainstream; Prostitution; Psychology
Radio; Radio Corporation of America; Railroads and Railroad Industry; Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922; Railway Labor Act (1926); Reader's Digest; Real Estate; Recession of 1921-1922; Red Scare of 1917-1920 ; Reparations and War Debts; Republican Party; Retail and Chain Stores; Rockne, Knute; Rogers, Will; Ross, Harold; Rosewood Massacre (1923); Ruth, Babe
Sacco and Vanzetti Case (1920-1921); Sanger, Margaret; Sarnoff, David; Schenck v. United States (1919); Schultz, Dutch; Science; Scopes Trial (1925); Seattle General Strike of 1919; Sex and Sexuality; Sheppard-Towner Act (1921); Siberian Intervention; Sinclair, Harry; Sloan, Alfred P.; Smith, Al; Smith, Bessie; Snyder Act (1921); Social Gospel; Socialism and the Socialist Party of America; Speakeasies; Steel Strike of 1919-1920; Stein, Gertrude; Stock Market; Strong, Benjamin, Jr.; Suburbs; Swanson, Gloria; Swope, Gerard
Taft, William Howard; Teapot Dome Scandal; Technology; Telephone and Telegraph; Tennis; Theater; Tilden, Bill; Time Magazine; Travel and Tourism; Tulsa Race Riots of 1921
Universal Negro Improvement Association
Vaudeville; Versailles, Treaty of (1919); Veterans; Volstead Act (1919)
Walker, Jimmy; War Finance Corporation; Washington Naval Conference (1921-1922); Wealth and Income; Weissmuller, Johnny; Welfare Capitalism; Wheeler, Burton K.; Wilson, Edith; Wilson, Woodrow; Women and Gender; Women's Movement
Young Plan; Youth
Review(s): "This two-volume illustrated encyclopedia brings together articles and thematic essays that capture the social, political, economic, and cultural spirit of the Jazz Age. ... School libraries, public libraries, and libraries serving undergraduates will find this unique resource a welcome addition to their collection." -- Library Journal
"The strength of Ciment's historical encyclopedias is the degree to which he captures the extent of social and economic change, and this set is no exception. The topics and biographies he selects carefully reflect the artistic, cultural and social achievements of the period as well as its political, military and economic realities. A solid apparatus supports further research, and an annotated list of cultural landmarks help students and teachers find resources that reflect the period. This well-prepared encyclopedia will serve high school, public and academic audiences." -- John R.M. Lawrence, Gale Reference Reviews
"This collection does a fine job representing the contrasts discussed in the introduction and tackles issues given only brief mention in high school history texts. ... Teachers will appreciate the range of topics and students will find the text accessible and engaging. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries." -- Doug Achterman, Gale Reference Reviews
"...may be of interest to public and academic library collections that offer comprehensive holdings on U.S. history." -- Booklist
"This encyclopedia is a welcome addition. ... Essential. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates; general readers." -- Choice
"More than just reporting, these volume provide the why of an event as well as its impact on America. This is strongly recommended for researchers needing a concise overview of the 1920s. Highly Recommended." -- Library Media Connection, starred review
"...few reference books delve into the same level of detail as this encyclopedia. ... As with the essays, the entries are well written and researched. This reference title would be useful for all levels of undergraduate and graduate academic libraries as well as larger public libraries." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
"This new collaboration between editor James Ciment and M.E. Sharpe notably captures the complexity of the period with its in-depth coverage, comprehensiveness, and the engaging and informative narrative of its more than 300 signed articles written by an impressive list of scholars and subject specialists. The set thus furnishes a distinctive and valuable one-stop reference source for the period. This encyclopedia should make a fine addition to almost any school, academic, or public library collection serving students and history buffs interested in this unique period in American historiography. ... The Encyclopedia will fill an important void in the historical reference literature for most school and undergraduate libraries, and it is therefore highly recommended." -- American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 40
"This complilation of essays and encyclopedic articles on the people, institutions, ideas, and trends that characterized the Jazz Age is a useful purchases for collections. ... Clearly written by a varied group of scholars and porfessors." -- School Library Journal