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Program At a Glance

The Jazz Age in Paris


"The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914-1940" is based on the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition focusing on the 1920s and 1930s in Paris. Although the number of cities hosting this exhibit was limited, the content of the exhibit is now available to your students everywhere through this study guide.


This guide offers an exciting glimpse of the unique period, the special places and the extraordinary talents of an acclaimed group of writers, musicians, painters, philosophers, dancers, and entrepreneurs. Of special interest to social science, language arts, and art and music students on the junior and senior high school level as well as college students, this program explores ragtime music, the Parisian taste for exotic entertainment, the impact of World War I, the expatriate experience, cabaret life and café society, and changing social and artistic developments during the 1930s.

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