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Within the decade following the top of global struggle I, the us rose to its present seat because the prime international superpower matched through an rising cultural dominance that might come to signify the second one half the 20th century. American tradition within the Nineteen Twenties is an interesting account of the main cultural and highbrow traits that have been pivotal to the decade's characterization as "the jazz age." heading off superficial representations of the period because the "roaring twenties" suffering from a "lost generation," the quantity offers a whole portrait that incorporates chapters on literature, song and function, movie and radio, visible paintings and layout, and the exceptional upward thrust of relaxation and intake.

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These new methods aimed to illustrate a more truthful experience of the subject under investigation from a variety of angles, embellished at times with diaries or letters, and at others with journalistic commentary from the researcher. The desire to access a truthful experience of the subject under study meant using a variety of scientific methods. Biologist Jacques Loeb’s study of ant society, for example, informed Robert Park’s analysis of the city. 36 The influence of Freudian thought on sociology enabled sociologists like Burgess to develop their ideas about group and social psychology and explore new arenas like social psychiatry in later years.

As schemes to increase the breeding of ‘the fit’ remained unfocused, the prevention of an unwanted rising tide of misfits became a focus of social and cultural improvement. America had enacted the world’s first compulsory sterilisation law in 1907 – providing for involuntary sterilisation of ‘confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists’. 115 In the same year the Supreme Court upheld the 1924 forced sterilisation of Carrie Buck (in the now infamous Buck v. Bell case) making compulsory sterilisation constitutional.

Succeeded by an unstable and bastardized population’. 88 Stoddard expanded on the threat to white supremacy in his study of the rise of non-white races in all parts of the globe. Not only were whites outnumbered but white cultural advance had enabled the ‘colored’ world to increase, advance and thrive at alarming levels. White civilisation had thus sown the seeds of its own destruction by sharing its scientific and technological advances with ‘inferior’ races. 89 Stoddard charted, chapter by chapter, the rise of the ‘colored’ threat – the rise of Asian territories and ‘Asiatic nationalism’ (notably Japan’s recent territorial aggression), the ‘Mohammedan Revival’ and the building of a coming ‘Jehad’ or ‘Holy War’ by Muslims, the rise of pan-Islamism and population growth in Africa, and the dangerous ‘mongrelization’, rebellion and radicalisation of Latin America – all of which added up to a ‘cataclysmic’ situation for ‘Nordic’ culture.

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