John F. Carter, “These Wild Young People, By One of Them,” Atlantic
An introduction to youth culture
generally, Carter blames the failings
of the older generation for the seeming wildness of the younger.
Dorothy Parker, “The Flapper” (1922).
Poet Parker, once described as “a John
Held flapper with brains,”
emphasizes the harmlessness of flapper fun.
Ellen Welles Page, “A Flapper’s Appeal to Parents,” The
http://faculty.pittstate.edu/~knichols/flapperappeal.html[includes accompanying music]
Page describes various degrees of
flapper-ism, suggesting that all women can be flappers; she further
notes that being a flapper is “hard work” and wishes the public would
condemn less and understand more.
Bruce Bliven, “Flapper Jane,” The New Republic
Bliven offers a tongue-in-cheek, though
generally accepting, assessment
of flapper fashions and the morality
that goes along with them.
Anne Shaw Faulkner, “Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?” Ladies
Home Journal (1921).
[includes accompanying music]
The association of jazz music with
African American culture causes
concerns about the future of the nation’s
Eleanor Roosevelt, “Women Must Learn to Play the Game as Men
Book [magazine] (1928).
Roosevelt, wife of (future) President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, argues
that although women have voted for
about ten years, they have not yet attained political power.
Elizabeth Goldbeck, “The Real Clara Bow: She Is a Girl You
Never Seen Before,” Motion Picture
Clara Bow comments on aspects of her
career, including her status as
the “quintessential” flapper and her
disillusionment with talking pictures.