The 1920s in the United States are known as the “Roaring Twenties” — a time of cultural change, prosperity, expanding consumer culture, new technology, jazz, and artistic innovation. Many of the changes associated with that decade came to North Carolina, and not all were welcomed. And many North Carolinians, especially in rural areas, were left out of the decade’s progress and excitement. In this chapter, we’ll look at some of the cultural changes of the 1920s and how they were received in North Carolina — from movies, literature, and flappers to debates over evolution.
- The Booming Twenties
- How the Twenties Roared in North Carolina
- "Eastern North Carolina for the farmer"
- "Home folks and neighbor people"
- North Carolina Debates Evolution
- Thomas Wolfe
- Asheville Reacts to Look Homeward, Angel
- From Stringbands to Bluesmen: African American Music in the Piedmont
- Hillbillies and Mountain Folk: Early Stringband Recordings
- Jubilee Quartets and the Five Royales: From Gospel to Rhythm & Blues
- The "Flapper"
- Going to the Movies