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Anything Goes: History of the Jazz Age

The lecture is a one-hour slide presentation that is an entertaining overview of the 1920s, showcasing world events, political events, prohibition, organized crime as well as the style, fashion, and trends of the Jazz Age.

The 1920’s were really the first decade of the 20th Century. During this decade many of the conventions of the Victorian Era were left behind as a new modernism emerged. “It was a time of conservatism; it was a time of great social change. From the world of fashion to the world to politics, forces clashed to produce the most explosive decade of the century.

In music, the three sounds were jazz, jazz, and jazz. The Jazz Age came about with artist like Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington. Youth ruled everything from the young styles of dress to the latest celebrities. If it was young, it was the thing.

“It was the age of prohibition, it was the age of prosperity, and it was the age of downfall. It was the age of everything.” (The Twenties Experience)

Christopher Daley has been speaking all over New England for the past 30 years and virtually via Zoom throughout the United States for the past two years on historical topics of interest; at libraries, historical societies, schools and all sorts of clubs and organizations!  Chris has written several articles on varied historical topics for local publications and has written his first book entitled “Murder and Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub.” Chris has also served as historical consultant on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case for the Travel Channel’s program “Time Traveling with Brian Unger.”  He also appeared in two episodes of the Travel Channel’s “Kindred Spirits” in the capacity of historian on shows about the Lizzie Borden Case.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

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When

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Accessibility

The Coolidge Corner is located on the ground floor of the Coolidge Corner Library. There are three methods of access: (1) Use the main entrance, which is equipped with a ramp and door openers, followed by the lift in the far east corner of the ground floor. (2) Follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the ground floor entrance, which is equipped with a door opener, followed by three stairs from the hallway into the room, or (3) follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the back entrance, which is equipped with a door opener. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.


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