- Students will gain knowledge about major new developments in cultural and social life during the 1920s and 1930s and will learn how these developments were influenced by political, economic, and international events.
- Students will study how mid-20th-century cultural and historical events began to break down racial barriers, setting the stage for desegregation.
- Students will learn how domestic life, culture, and politics were affected by World War II.
- Students will learn how the evolution of jazz was influenced by Prohibition, the Great Depression, and World War II.
- Students will understand how jazz developed and spread throughout the country through regional bands, migration, interaction between black and white musicians, and the application of new technology.
- Students will identify important jazz soloists and bandleaders, and be able to trace the evolution of improvised solos, expanded bands, and the popularity of jazz.
National Council for the Social Studies
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies II: Thematic Strands
Strands I–V, VIII
National Center for History in the Schools
National Standards for U.S. History
Era 7: 3 / Era 8: 1, 3
National Standards for Arts Education
Music Standards 6, 8, 9
National Standards for Civics and Government
Expeditions Geography Standards
Standards 1, 4–6, 9–12