Conflicts During The 1920s
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Conflicts During the 1920s
Conflicts During the 1920s
The contrast between the new and changing attitudes and traditional
values was unmistakably present during the 1920's. This clash between the old
and the new had many roots and was inevitable. A new sense of awareness washed
over minorities in our nation, especially blacks who began to realize that they
were entitled to their own subculture, pursuit of success, and share of the
American dream. This ideal was expressed by Langston Hughes in "The Negro
Artist and the Racial Mountain." They were supported by the growing number of
young, financially well-to-do liberals who formed the new intelligencia. Each
group sought the use of logic and rational reasoning in their rethinking of
reevaluation of society's current status. Still, they constituted a minority
and their reformist views were not well-taken by the greater part of the
population who had become accustomed to a certain way of thinking were not
willing to budge, thus keeping the radicals silent. Individualism was also
partially suppresse d by the succession of three traditionalist Republican
presidents whose partiality to the strong was displayed by their strong backing
of big business while discouraging the Labor Union movement. Literature was one
medium by which the new intelligencia could express their views on
impracticality and injustice of the social system and government in the 1920's.
Sinclair Lewis was one such author who used his writing to condemn the
stale and outdated ways of thinking that were so widely popular in our nation
during the 1920's. In addition to exposing the poor working conditions of most
factory labor, particularly the meat-packing industry, he criticized the common
man who could not think or act individually in his novel, Babbit, which was
published in 1922. His description from the novel of the common man portrayed a
person who acted in a manner that was socially acceptable who also strived for
success based on society's definition of purchasing material goods. In e
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