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Out of the Mouths of BabesGirl Evangelists in the Flapper Era$
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Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.001.0001

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A Revolution in Manners and Morals

A Revolution in Manners and Morals

(p.44) Chapter 5 A Revolution in Manners and Morals
Out of the Mouths of Babes

Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

Oxford University Press

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

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