The Years That Roared: The Unforgettable 1920s

The 1920s in the U.S.A. were an age of social, political and economic upheaval. Revisit the Jazz Age, a time when the nation’s wealth doubled, and see how it shaped modern America.
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Program No. 22242RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From economic boom to bust to notorious flappers and once-thriving workers reduced to selling apples on street corners, the 1920s in America were an age of social, cultural, political and economic upheaval. Revisit this decade that was anything but tame as the nation’s wealth doubled and, for the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. Known as the Jazz Age and the Age of Intolerance, the 1920s churned with the beginning flavors of modern America — and ushered in the Great Depression.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Revisit larger-than-life personalities like Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone and Babe Ruth.
  • Explore the political climate and the impact the inhabitants and policies of the White House had on each other and the country.
  • Discover how the 1920s unveiled Art Deco, the homegrown American modern art movement with the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and a Harlem Renaissance featuring important artworks by Aaron Douglas and Jacob Lawrence.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts is an accomplished jazz pianist who spent 20 years playing in New York City with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Howard McGhee, Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate and Charlie Rouse. He studied with Sir Roland Hanna. Jim has appeared on 20 albums, has played at the Newport and Greenwich Village jazz festivals and was part of the PBS series “Jazz Adventure.” Dr. Billy Taylor’s “Jazz Piano” book listed Jim as one of the influential mainstream pianists of the late 1970’s.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lynn B. Schiffhorst
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