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Flapper by Joshua Zeitz
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Nov 21, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 21 to 25, 2011

An excellent, eminently readable non-fiction book. It is always much more interesting when an author not only discusses their main subject, but also thoroughly examines other topics that have had an impact on the main subject. The discussions of the birth of advertising as we know it, the youthful film industry and of course, fashion, both during the time of the flapper and during the Victorian era, are just as interesting as the discussions of the flappers themselves. This is not just a book about the flapper, but about the complex history and values of the United States at the time. I particularly liked the points Zeitz made about the supposedly modern, emancipated flapper of the 1920s and how feminists from the previous generation and the current one actually thought the flapper was not helping the feminist cause. Fascinating stuff.

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