When Manchester roared

The North embraced the freedom and hedonism of the 1920s, but with a bit more social conscience

By David Barnett

In February 1920, the Manchester Evening News reported on a troubling trend in British society. A new brand of young women was on the loose: “The frivolous, scantily-clad, jazzing flapper, irresponsible and undisciplined.”

That wasn’t the newspaper’s description — it came from a lecture given by Dr R. Murray-Leslie, who wanted to draw at…

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