Jazz Age Manhattan and the Making of Modern America

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A scene from Harlem in the 1920s A scene from Harlem in the 1920s (National Archives)

Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the tremendous energy of the 1920s. Donald Miller details the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the roaring twenties and the brilliant people behind it. His book Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America looks at everyone from Walter Chrysler to William Paley, Elizabeth Arden and her rival Helena Rubenstein, who all shared ambition and a drive to fulfill their dreams in New York. He explains how Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country.


Donald Miller

Comments [3]

Terry Bird from Atlanta, GA

The speaker mistakenly perpetuates the myth that Bill Paley "founded" CBS. In fact, as Sally Bedell Smith points out in her concise biography of William S. Paley "In All His Glory", Bill Paley and a family member bought CBS shortly after it was started as a business by others. Paley never did much to correct the common conception that he was the founder of CBS network.

Jun. 26 2014 08:52 AM

tudor city affordable???

Jun. 25 2014 01:41 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

No account of the twenties would be complete without that era's most colorful characters, Izzy and Moe:

Jun. 25 2014 11:32 AM

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