The Great Gatsby Magazine Project

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The Great Gatsby Magazine Project

 "It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess and it was an age of satire."

"Echoes of the Jazz Age" an article written by F. Scott Fitzgerald published in Scribner's Magazine in November 1931.

The class will work as a publishing team to create a magazine that highlights the Roaring 20's, focusing on The Great Gatsby. The information from this project will come from research. Students must base the majority of their writing on factual events and information, but there is some freedom in this project to be creative.

1. Each member of the class must submit a minimum of 2 articles in his subject area (next page).
2. Articles must include factual information that is obtained through research. This information must use parenthetical documentation.
3. Each article must be accompanied by an illustration. The illustration may be copied and cut, hand drawn and scanned, or clip art.
4. Articles submitted without all of the requirements - research, documentation, illustration, and works cited -will not receive full credit in grading.

1. Teams are responsible for making certain that each member of the team is on task during research.
2. Teams are responsible for helping one another out with research questions, typing, illustrating, and writing.
3. Teams must make certain that ALL members submit at least 2 articles to the magazine.
4. Each team is responsible for submitting at least four advertisements to the magazine. Ads must be illustrated.

1. Creating a title for the magazine which relates to The Great Gatsby

2. Designing a cover for the magazine which relates to the title
3. Creating a table of contents
4. Formatting a works cited page for the entire magazine - include at least one for each article in the magazine.

1. WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD   Focus on current events and social issues.

2. WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT   Focus on trends, fashions, hair styles, and decor.

3. SPORTS   Focus on the popular sports of the period, including baseball, boxing, wrestling and Olympic events. In baseball, make sure you learn about Babe Ruth, Knute Rockne, and Jack Johnson.
4. WRITER'S BLOCK   Focus on authors, their works, and their lives.
5. THE HOLLYWOOD SCENE   Focus on movies, theater, and actors or actresses of the times.
6. SHAKING IT UP - OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN   The young women of the 20's positively scandalized their elders. They were the "New Women" - thriving on opulence and excess. They were not afraid to speak out for their cause. Focus first on Aimee Semple McPherson, Nellie Bly, Edith Cummings, Fanny Brice, Gilda Grey and Dorothy Parker.
7. LISTEN TO THIS   Focus on the music of the age, the people behind the music, and the impact of the music.
8. CRIME SCENE   Focus on the crimes, the trials, and the effects of these cases.

1. Each team picks two topics under the table of contents.
2. Individual group members must write 2 articles for his team's topics.
3. Articles must be creative and grammatically written.

 Primary Sources on the Web
  • Primary Sources on the Web

  • Library Research: Finding Primary Sources

  • Repositories of Primary Sources

  • EyeWitness to History

  • Eye Witness to History: Index

  • Critically Analyzing Information

General Resources on The Roaring Twenties

  • The Roaring Twenties: a snapshot of life in the 1920s

  • 1920s Domestic Timeline

  • PBS on Speakeasies and Jazz

  • 1920s Jazz Age Webquest

  • Prohibition Timeline

  • Between the Wars:1920s and 30s: High School site

  • Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy 1921-29

  • The History Buff: Newspapers

  • 1920s History Resources

  • Yahoo's 1920s: Great List of Sites

  • Art and Culture of the 1920s

  • The Irresponsible Age: America at Home and Abroad in the 1920's

  • Building a Museum of the 1920s

  • History of New York

  • History Links 1921

  • History Links: 1922
  • New York City Timelines: From BC to Present

  • New York City Timeline: 1900-1949

  • New York Crimes and Disasters Timeline

  • History of New York Nice simple history page which also includes a timeline.

  • New York History

F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby


1920s Trends

 Famous People

  • Flapper Station

  • Fashions of the 1920s

  • Jazz Age Slang

  • The Flapper Music: Good Selection, audio clips

  • Yahoo's 1920s: Great List of Sites

  • Art and Culture of the 1920s

  • Jazzing it Up in the 1920s: Illustrations

Aimee Semple McPherson

  • Dining in the 1920s: Food

  • Labor History in the United States:

  • History of Fashion: PBS
  • When Conde Nast's Duplex Penthouse Was in Vogue: An article that provides a great description of wealthy parties in the 1920s and 30s.

  • Coco Chanel: Women in History

  • Coco Chanel: The Time 100

  • Architecture of New York City: A great list of buildings and their photos

  • Architectural History of New York

  • New York Architecture Styles: Art Deco/Moderne


  • Biographic Information

  • Dorthy Parker's New York

  • New York and Jimmy Walker

  • Silent Movies

  • The Clara Bow Page

  • Silent Movies

  • The Clara Bow Page

  • Biographic Information:

  • Famous People:

  • Marcus Garvey on PBS

  • Charles Lindbergh: The Time 100

  • Lindbergh's Barnstorming Days

  • Barnstormers

  • Aimee Semple McPherson

  • Nellie Bly

  • Bly Around the World in 72 Days

  • Amelia Earhart

  • Al Jolson

  • Irving Berlin

  • George Gershwin: American Masters


 The Jazz Age


  • PBS on Speakeasies and Jazz

  • Bootlegging

  • Speakeasies in St. Louis

  • Historic Taverns: Bevo Mill

  • Music of Prohibition

  • All About Jazz

  • Jazz Roots

  • The Flapper Music: Good Selection, audio clips

  • The Roaring 1920s Concert Extravaganza: Audio Clips

  • Travel Design: Ephemera from the 1920s

  • Route 66 Museum

  • Travels of America

  • Old Woodies Car Gallery




  • The Metropolitan Opera Archives

  • Broadway Postcards

  • Theatres in New York: A Brief History

  • Lillian Russell-1900-1919

  • Ziegfeld Follies: year by year chronology 1907-1931

  • Bert Williams: PBS

  • PBS Broadway: The American Musical

  • George M. Cohen:

  • Broadway 1900-1910

  • Wintergarden Theater

  • The Palace Theatre, New York (opened 1913; features Fanny Brice)

  • American Vaudeville Museum

  • Vaudeville On PBS
  • Vaudeville Theatres

  • Vaudeville: History from an American Studies Site

  • 1922’s Greatest Musical Hits

  • Fanny Brice

  • Stage Musicals of the 1920s

  • Florenz Ziegfeld

  • Speakeasies: Cabaret Mobster Style

  • Noel Coward’s Musicals 1923-1972

  • Gilda Grey: The Shimmy Queen

  • Gilda Grey Pictures

  • David Belasco

  • David Belasco from Bookrags

  • Joe Frisco: Comic, Jazz Dancer

  • Igor Stravinsky: The Time 100

  • Sports and the 1920s

  • Paavo Nurmi

  • Paavo Nurmi Museum

  • Jim Thorpe's Official Website

  • Jim Thorpe: Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • The Baseball Almanac

  • Ring Lardner: The Complete Baseball Stories

  • Red Grange

  • Knute Rockne

  • Grantland Rice

  • George “The Gipper” Gipp

  • The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame

  • Jack Johnson

  • Jack Dempsey

  • Jean Tunney

  • Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku

  • Johnny Weissmuller

  • Madison Square Garden: includes the 50 greatest moments at the Garden

  • Yankee Stadium

  • Yankee Stadium History

  • Baseball on PBS
  • Historic List of Players

  • Silent Movies

  • Top Movies of 1922

  • Silent Movies

  • The Clara Bow Page

  • Biographic Information:

  • Famous People:

  • Charlie Chaplin American Masters on PBS

  • Lillian Gish

  • Fan Images from the 1920s: Greta Garbo is Sad
    Some Historical reflections on the paradoxes of stardom in the American Film Industry

  • Film before the 1920s—including a discussion of fan magazines

  • Gloria Swanson

  • Rudolph Valentino

  • Marion Davies

  • The Silent Film Bookshelf: This site reprints original documents from the silent film era, and includes movie music clips.

  • Silent Film Magazines: and index of contents

  • The History of Magazines

  • Vintage Magazine Covers


Clubs and Restaurants



  • The 21 Club

  • The Stork Club

  • Dining in the 1920s: Food

  • Delmonico: The original restaurant

  • Delmonico's Restaurant: Wikipedia

  • Russian Tea Room (1926)

  • Tavern on the Green: Look at the menu

  • Houdini—1900s Entertainment

  • Apollo Theatre

  • The Cotton Club

  • Coney Island: Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States. It was finally eclipsed by Disneyland in California.

  • Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy 1921-29

  • Merchandising and Advertising

  • Emergence of Advertising in America

  • Advertising Ephemera

  • Jazzing it Up in the 1920s: Illustrations

  • Magazine Advertising for the 1920s and 1930s

  • Listerine Advertisement

  • Antique Advertising Links

  • The Flapper Décor: kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom

  • Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy 1921-29

  • The American Advertising Museum

  • The Automobile

  • Travel Design: Ephemera from the 1920s

  • Route 66 Museum

  • Two-Lane Roads: A Nostalgic Backroads Adventure

  • Old Woodies Car Gallery

  • Historical Maps: NY Subway

  • New York Subway System

  • New York Walking Tours



  • American Impressionism—Robert Henri

  • Georgia O’Keefe Images and Biography

  • Georgia O’Keefe Online

  • Georgia O’Keefe PBS American Masters

  • “Cow Skull: Red, White and Blue”



  • Paintings by e. e. cummings

  • George Wesley Bellows 1

  • George Wesley Bellows 2

  • Edward Hopper

  • Thomas Eakins

  • Americans in Paris: Expatriates

  • Picasso Online Gallery

  • Henri Matisse

  • Dada Index

  • Surrealism: Galleries and Artists

  • Salvador Dali at MoMA




  • PBS on Speakeasies and Jazz

  • Prohibition Timeline

  • Jazz in France during WWI

  • Ken Burns Jazz

  • The Jazz Age in Paris bibliography

  • The Roaring 1920s Concert Extravaganza: Audio Clips

  • Jazz Roots

  • Louis Armstrong

  • Earl Hines: An Overview

  • Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
  • Eubie Blake at the Library of Congress

  • Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake Touring Europe

  • Eubie Blake at Maryland Historical Society

  • Eubie Blake on the "Birth" of Jazz

  • Sydney Bechet

  • Sydney Bechet on PBS—Jim Crow

  • Django Reinhardt

  • Noble Sissle on Broadway

  • Noble Sissle and His Orchestra

  • Josephine Baker from KETC –Living in St. Louis

  • Bix Beiderbecke


  • Race Records: PBS Jazz

  • Race Records Encyclopedia Article


 The Other Half

  • The Frick Collection

  • Fifth Avenue: Millionaire's Row

  • Along Millionaires' Row, at the Crest of Lenox Hill-Real Estate

  • Algonquin Hotel

  • The Astor Hotel: An American Studies Experience

  • New York City and the Astor: American Studies approach to the rise of New York over London and Paris as the greatest city in the world. 1900-1905

  • The Waldorf-Astoria
    The Plaza Hotel

  • The Plaza Residences: The official site of the Plaza Hotel in New York
  • Immigrants in New York 1870-1915 At this site you will visit a building in New York where immigrant families lived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Click on "Urban Log Cabin." By clicking on different rooms, you will see a picture and read a story about the family that lived there. On the left, it is 1870. On the right side the year is 1915 or later. Make a list of the families living in the building for both time periods. Next to each family, tell the country they came from.

What kind of work did immigrants do to support their families? Which members of the family worked?

  • The Gallery of Social Photography

  • Jacob Riis Hypertext: "How the Other Half Lives"


  • Photographic Images of New York

  • American Photography: A Century of Images

  • Edward J. Steichen Online

  • Steichen's Matches and Matchbooks (New York, 1926)

  • Charles Sheeler Online

  • Charles Sheeler: "Classic Landscape," 1931

  • History of Photography

  • History of Photography Timeline

  • The Gallery of Social Photography

  • Biography of Jacob Riis

  • America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black and White Photographs from FSA-OWI

  • American Memory

  • Photoplay Issue Covers1911 and beyond

  • Photoplay: April 1922 (perhaps the magazine Myrtle picks up in New York)

  • The Rotogravure Process and the use of pictorials in 1920 newspapers

  • Library of Congress Image Gallery WWI and the 1920s


  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Masters

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary: U of South Carolina

  • Fitzgerald Timeline

  • Scott and Zelda Timeline

  • Fitzgerald Photo Gallery

  • East Egg and West Egg: Imaginary Places

  • Gatsby, Jazz, Dancing and Alcohol

  • Alcohol As Medicine: The Pharmacy Connection

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream

  • Princeton Photo Collection

  • Fitzgerald Timeline

  • Scott and Zelda Timeline

  • Gatsby and Golf

Background to the Novel

Real People and Places in Gatsby

  • Great Neck, New York

  • West Egg

  • East Egg

  • Buchanan Mansion

  • Inspiration for Fitzgerald (He was a often guest at a house on this street.)

Want to Buy a house in Gatsbyville?

  • West Egg Sale

  • Sands Point Luxury Homes

  • Tour 2


  • Is this Daisy?

  • Fitzgerald’s, and Gatsby’s First Love

  • Chicago’s Big Four Debutantes

  • Ginevra KingArticle: “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s First Love”
    Princeton Weekly: “Before Zelda There Was Ginevra”

  • Article: Family of Fitzgerald’s Love Donates Correspondence”

  • Backgrounds of the Great Gatsby

    “Poor boys shouldn’t think of marrying rich girls.”

Jordan Baker?

  • Edith Cumming's Time Magazine Cover

  • Edith Cummings: 1922 News article on a golf championship


  • Arnold Rothstein: Biography

  • Louis E. Stoddard—polo player

Party Guests?

  • Gilda Grey: The Shimmy Queen

  • Gilda Grey Pictures

  • David Belasco

  • David Belasco from Bookrags

  • Joe Frisco: Comic, Jazz Dancer

  • Jesse Livemore

  • Jesse Livemore Picture Gallery

  • Alfred P. Sloan

  • Cande Nast Biography: Vanity Fair

  • Vogue Covers

  • When Conde Nast's Duplex Penthouse Was in Vogue: An article that provides a great description of wealthy parties in the 1920s and 30s.


  • Charles Becker

  • Herman Rosenthal

Queensboro Bridge

  • Archictexture in New York

Americans at Home

  • The Great American Novel: PBS

  • William DeForest's 1868 article

  • Top Expert Picks

  • 100 Best Novels of All Time

  • 100 Best Novels in English Language

  • American Authors Hypertexts
  • C-SPAN American Authors

  • C-SPAN American Authors II

  • The Book Shelf: Best Sellers from 1900-1917

  • Best Selling Books of 1929-29

  • Literary Map of Manhattan: A cool interactive map

  • Zane Grey Society

  • Zane Grey Official Website

  • The Man of the Forest, Zane Grey

  • The Mysterious Rider, Zane Grey

  • Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey

  • Booth Tarkinton

  • Babbit (1922) Sinclair Lewis

  • Sherwood Anderson

  • Carl Sandburg

  • Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • The Poems of Robert Frost

  • Robert Frost Timeline and Historical Site

  • Sara Teasdale

  • William Faulkner

  • William Faulkner Web Ole Miss links

  • Faulkner's Sound and Fury Hypertext

  • The Bettmann Archive

  • Eugene O'Neill: American Masters

  • Algonquin Round Table: American Masters

  • Dorothy Parker Audio Clips

  • Dorothy Parker's "Figures in Popular Literature"

  • Dorothy Parker: Quotes

  • Dorothy Parker's Home and Hangouts in New York

  • Dorothy Parker: A summary and bio

  • Robert Benchley: Love Conquers All

  • The New Yorker

  • Gluyas Williams: Cartoonist for the New Yorker

  • Simon Called Peter (book mentioned in Gatsby chapter two)

  • History of Comics in America

The Harlem Renaissance
  • W. E. B. DuBois on PBS

  • Langston Hughes
    "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

  • Langston Hughes and Jesse B. Semple Audio File on some of these stories:

  • e. e. cummings

  • T. S. Eliot

  • The Wasteland Hypertext

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

  • "The Hollow Men," "Aunt Helen"

  • Ezra Pound

  • "In a station of the metro,"

American Writers in Paris

  • American Writers in Paris

  • Famous Americans Who Lived in Paris

  • The World of Gertrude Stein

  • Hemingway's Paris: A Hypertextual Resource

European Writers

  • James Joyce

    • Araby

    • The Dead

    • The Boarding House

  • William Butler Yeats

    • "The Second Coming"

    • "Easter 1916"

    • "No Second Troy"

    • "Leda and the Swan"

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