Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties by Lucy Moore

By Lucy Moore

An exhilarating portrait of the period of jazz, glamour, and gangsters from a shiny younger celebrity of mainstream historical past writing.

The glitter of Nineteen Twenties the US was once seductive, from jazz, flappers, and wild all- evening events to the start of Hollywood and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing lower than Prohibition. however the interval used to be additionally punctuated via momentous events-the political convey trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, the large Ku Klux Klan march down Washington DC's Pennsylvania Avenue-and it produced a dizzying array of writers, musicians, and movie stars, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin.

In Anything Goes, Lucy Moore interweaves the tales of the compelling humans and occasions that characterised the last decade to provide a gripping portrait of the Jazz Age. She unearths that the Roaring Twenties have been greater than simply "the years among wars." It was once an epoch of ardour and change-an age, she observes, now not not like our own.

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35 ACA: C 14: 145v (29 January 1272). ” For Jucef ’s activities as bailiff, see below in this chapter and chap. 2. 37 ACA: C 19: 19r (16 June 1273) for the bath concession. The 200-sous annual rent Jucef was obliged to pay the crown indicates that it was a fairly lucrative monopoly. ” C 19: 64v (23 October 1273) is a grant to Jucef of two of the same three jovades. 38 Jewish authority in Morvedre reached its peak during the bailiates of Alconstantini and Avinçaprut. The Jewish bailiffs of Morvedre need not always have acted in the interests of the local Jewish community for their considerable authority to have impressed Jewish settlers and instilled in them some measure of confidence.

22   which still, in the years after 1263, offered many possibilities. For Salamó Alconstantini and Jucef Avinçaprut proprietary interests overlapped with official functions. 44 The extensive properties of the Abinafia family were also in the environs of Morvedre. These office-holding families promoted their coreligionists’ colonization of Morvedre and its countryside, either directly, by renting pieces of their own land to Jewish tenants, or indirectly, by establishing a pattern of Jewish proprietorship in the region which would have encouraged other Jews to follow suit.

16   King Jaume’s initial fiscal privileges to the kingdom’s Jews encouraged them to put down roots without fear of being exhausted by excessive royal or municipal taxation. 22 The aforementioned tax remission granted to the Jews of Morvedre the following year was consistent with this relative fiscal leniency, a policy intended to foster Jewish immigration. Over the course of the next eight years the community continued to grow, achieving such size and stability that King Jaume addressed it for the first time, in September 1271, as an aljama, as a corporation.

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