Gangsters, Movies & Music: Legacy of the 1920's

Code: LH11041

Dates: October 21 - November 11, 2019

Meets: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Sessions: 4

Course Fee: $72.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

The National Prohibition Act made liquor illegal, but the country was far from dry. Speakeasies abounded, gangsters took over the bootlegging business and Al Capone and Bugs Moran made it a dangerous and violent enterprise. Meanwhile gangster films were all the rage while melodramas and westerns featuring Valentino, Garbo, Swanson, Gish and others drew millions to the movies each week. Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbeche and Sidney Bechet were among musicians who created a lasting musical legacy. Remember the 1920’s? Explore the best and worst aspects of this fascinating decade and see how cultural clashes simmering beneath the surface offer historical perspectives on issues resonating in American society today.
Fee: $72.00

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William Bower

Bill Bower received a B.A. in history from West Chester University (1970) and a M.S. in Education from Wheelock College, Boston, MA (1981). Bill's career at Friends' Central School, Wynnewood, PA spanned four decades (1970122-2012). During his forty-year teaching career, Bill taught lower school history and social studies, middle school ancient civilizations, and upper school American history. He has been a workshop leader and an expert in thematic education. In 2003-2004, Bill taught Lewis & Clarke's journey of discovery for School Night. He is an avid fan of early American flight and eager to share highlights from the Golden Age of Aviation. Bill is glad to return to Main Line School Night.


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