A Revolution in Manners and Morals

Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

in Out of the Mouths of Babes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790876
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919192 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

A Revolution in Manners and Morals

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The 1920s roared onto the scene, challenging traditional norms and elevating novelty and experimentation. Women, and especially young women, the flappers, became the mark of the decade, with their flippant attitude to traditional behavior and their bold exhibit of shocking and risqué conduct in the new sexual revolution. This chapter deals mainly with the flapper phenomenon, both in terms of its supporters and its distracters. Revivalists and Fundamentalists feared the loss of traditional morals, and joined in the attack (along with numerous educators, civic leaders and clergy from mainstreams denominations, though voices of praise for the flappers came from these quarters as well). This an environment was ideal for the development of the girl evangelist phenomenon, for the girl preachers, proclaiming Jesus and denouncing sin, seemed as opposite to the new image of the feminine that had gained center stage.

Keywords: revolution in manners and morals; flappers; sexual revolution

Chapter.  3150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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