Saturday, May 07, 2016

Website Review: The Roaring Twenties

THE ROARING TWENTIES is an interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City through primary source documents.
This engaging multimedia project immerses users in the sounds of New York City in the 1920s through three themes: sound, space, and time.
The Introduction discusses the the time period and the primary source materials used as the basis for the website. These include the text of noise complaints, news reel footage, maps, and other historical materials.
The Sound section features sources of city noise including traffic, transportation, building operation, homes, streets, harbor/river, collection deliveries, and miscellaneous. Each category includes specific text and video examples of noises and complaints.
The Space section provides a clickable map of New York City. Users can explore primary source documents and watch video footage related to city noise.
The Time section contains a clickable timeline that can be used to explore noise complaints, videos, news, and other information.
The Info section provides access to background information about the three themes along with links to additional resources.
Librarians will find this website to be an fascinating way for youth to immerse themselves in this time period while learning about the usefulness of primary sources in research. Partner with both English and History teachers to immerse young adults in this time period.
To visit the website, go to