Today we stepped back in time as three young ladies were putting on the ritz to demonstrate the “Charleston” at the “Cotton Club” (choreographed by Pam Brown.) Three students (Jessie Anderson, Brittany Roberts, and Hannah Daniel) from Mrs. Mcgraw’s world history class demonstrated the dance in full flapper attire. These young ladies expounded on the life and times of a speakeasy flapper as they mentioned well known flappers like the Gibson Girl and Betty Boop. For former students of Mcgraw’s world history class, this is “that” time of the year when final reviews are near, the history projects are due and it’s time to unwind and enjoy the show.
The term “flapper” first appeared in Great Britain after WWI and was used to describe young girls presenting an image of personal liberty and freedom. This new dramatic style of clothing was down-right shocking to the sophisticated Victorians. The flapper girl represented a new era of a changing world where women were experiencing the freedom to choose a career, their mate, their clothing, their hair, and yes- their right to vote.
The freshman enjoyed two days of presentation in Mrs. Mcgraw’s class including guest speaker Jack Lamon who inspired the students with his first-hand accounts during the Vietnam war. Students were teary-eyed as the Vietnam vet expressed his heart-wrenching experiences in the jungles of Vietnam as a soldier of the Medavac. Lamon is in his 80’s and can recall the vivid events of the time that stil touches him emotionally. These freshmen were given a unique expereience in the classroom that they were able to be a part of. Each student gained an insight into the realm of war and its impact on society through the social changes that took place in our history.