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By Lucy Fischer, Angela Dalle Vacche, Jennifer M. Bean, Sumiko Higashi, Professor Michael Aronson, Professor Mark Anderson, Professor Sara Ross, Professor Gwenda Young, Professor Maureen Turim, Marcia Landy

During the Twenties, sound revolutionized the movie and cinema persisted as some of the most major and well known kinds of mass leisure on the planet. movie studios have been remodeled into significant enterprises, hiring a bunch of craftsmen and technicians together with cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, and set designers. The beginning of the celebrity process supported the meteoric upward push and megastar prestige of actors together with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Rudolph Valentino whereas black performers (relegated to "race films") seemed every so often in mainstream videos. The vintage Hollywood movie kind was once perfected and demanding movie genres have been validated: the melodrama, western, old epic, and romantic comedy, besides slapstick, technology fiction, and fantasy.

In ten unique essays, American Cinema of the 1920s examines the movie industry's endured progress and prosperity whereas targeting vital issues of the era.

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National ratification came with the success of a closely fought floor battle in the Tennessee legislature on 18 August, after which thirty-six states had passed the amendment, making it the law of the land. In the next day’s Waukesha Daily Freeman, the leader of Wisconsin’s suffrage forces, Mrs. Henry M. Youman, was quoted on the front page as saying that she believed the amendment’s passage to be “the most advanced step society has taken in years—equal in importance to the founding of representative government and the abolition of slavery” (“Suffrage”).

Halsey 214) Throughout the boom and bust of the twenties the American film industry continued to grow and prosper, finding ways to sell movies that celebrated the nation’s victories (war, prosperity, technology) and exploited its lapses (crime, Prohibition, scandal). A financial publication of 1926 reported the following statistics about American cinema: the nation had 20,000 movie theaters (two-fifths of the world’s total) (Halsey 172). Many of these were so-called “picture palaces,” beautifully appointed motion picture showplaces, like the Chicago Theater in Illinois (1921), the Loew’s Penn in Pittsburgh (1925), and Grauman’s Chinese (1927) and Egyptian (1922) in Los Angeles.

By 1924, the backlash against immigrants was so great that laws were changed to delimit America’s “open-door” policy. In fact, the National Origins Act pushed the base period for determining national immigration quotas back to 1890, thus favoring northern Europeans (Miller 147). Contributing to this counterattack was the infamous Sacco and Vanzetti case. In 1920 a Massachusetts paymaster and guard were killed during a robbery and two Italian immigrants with alleged anarchist leanings were charged with the crime.

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