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1. Themes: 1920’s has been referred to as Eat, drink & be merry, for tomorrow we die Return to normalcy US turned inward---isolationism Jazz Age first.

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1 1. Themes: 1920’s has been referred to as Eat, drink & be merry, for tomorrow we die Return to normalcy US turned inward---isolationism Jazz Age first modern era in the U.S. change from a rural society to an urban. 2. Cultural clashes in US Traditional America vs a changing America Hostility towards un-American ideas Red ScareWhy? Feared communism……..Red Scare KKKRise of KKK Immigration restriction Sacco and Vanzetti

2 Scopes Trial---evolution vs creation Liberated woman vs traditional Flappers Margaret Sangor----Birth control African Americans move to the cities led to race riots Americans violate Prohibition 18 th Amendment Volstead Act 3. Revolution in styles and technologies. electricity, radio, automobile, mass media Fads---new dances, music & clothing 4. American heroes: Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh

3 5. Presidents during the 1920’s Conservative Republicans Supported laissez faire (laid back attitude) Warren Harding 1921 to 1923 Calvin Coolidge 1921 to 1929 Coolidge-Mellon Fiscal Program 6. Foreign policy during the 1920’s and early 30s.

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5 n Decade notable for obsessive interest in celebrities n Sex becomes an all-consuming topic of interest in popular entertainment n Eat, drink & be merry, for tomorrow we die n Return to normalcy n US turned inward---isolationism n Jazz Age n First modern era in the U.S.

6 The Second Industrial Revolution n U.S. develops the highest standard of living in the world n The twenties and the second revolution –Electricity replaces steam –Henry Ford’s modern assembly line introduced n Rise of the airline industry n Modern appliances and conveniences begin to change American society (50s yet?)

7 The Automobile Industry n Auto makers stimulate sales through model changes, advertising n Auto industry fostered the growth of other businesses n Autos encourage movement and more individual freedom.

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12 Glenwood Stove and Washing Machine

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14 Patterns of Economic Growth n Structural change –professional managers replace individual entrepreneurs –corporations become the dominant business form n Big business weakens regionalism, brings uniformity to America

15 Economic Weaknesses n Railroads poorly managed n Coal displaced by petroleum n Farmers face decline in exports, prices n Growing disparity between income of laborers, middle-class managers n Middle class speculates with idle money

16 Beginning of the Jazz Age in New York City Acceptance of African American culture African American literature and music

17   Rural Americans identify urban culture with Communism, crime, immorality   Sex becomes an all-consuming topic of interest in popular entertainment   Communities of home, church, and school are absent in the cities   Conflict: Traditional values vs new ideas found in the cities.   Rural Americans identify urban culture with Communism, crime, immorality   Sex becomes an all-consuming topic of interest in popular entertainment   Communities of home, church, and school are absent in the cities   Conflict: Traditional values vs new ideas found in the cities.

18 IKA IKA Imperial Klans of America

19 Rise of the KKK was due to the ever changing of a traditional America.   1925: Membership of 5 million   1926: Marched on Washington.   Attack on urban culture and defends Christian/Protestant and rural values   Against immigrants from Southern Europe, European Jews, Catholics and American Blacks   Sought to win U.S. by persuasion and gaining control in local/state government.   Violence, internal corruption result in Klan’s virtual disappearance by 1930 but will reappear in the 1950s and 1960s.

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21 Red Scare, 1919 to 1921, was a time of great upheaval…U.S. “scared out of their wits". "Reds” (Communists)."Reds” as they were called, "Anarchists” or "Outside Foreign-Born Radical Agitators” (Communists). Anti-red hysteria came about after WWI and the Russian Revolution. 6,000 immigrants the government suspected of being Communists were arrested (Palmer Raids) and 600 were deported or expelled from the U.S. No due process was followed (Civil War? WWI? Now?) Attorney General Mitchell Palmer

22 “undesirable”The U.S. Government began to restrict certain “undesirable” immigrants from entering the U.S. Emergency Quota Act of 1921Immigration Act of 1924Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and Immigration Act of 1924 Kept out immigrants from southeastern Europe.

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24 Cartoon from 1919: “Put them out and keep them out”

25 was to reduce crime and poverty and improve the quality of lifeGoal: was to reduce crime and poverty and improve the quality of life by making it impossible for people to get their hands on alcohol. "Noble Experiment"This "Noble Experiment" was a failure. Midnight, January 16th, 1920, US went dry. 18th Amendment Volstead Act,The 18th Amendment, known as the Volstead Act, prohibited the manufacture, sale and possession of alcohol in America. Prohibition lasted for thirteen years. bootlegging, speakeasies and Bathtub Gin.So was born the industry of bootlegging, speakeasies and Bathtub Gin.

26 drankPeople drank more than ever during Prohibition, and there were more deaths related to alcohol. flagrantlydecent law-abidingNo other law in America has been violated so flagrantly by so many "decent law-abiding" people. criminalsOvernight, many became criminals. Mobsters controlled liquor created a booming black market economy. Gangsters owned speakeasies and by 1925 there were over 100,000 speakeasies in New York City alone.

27 Detroit police inspecting equipment found in a hidden underground brewery during the prohibition era. Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department's Prohibition Bureau during a time when bootlegging was rampant throughout the nation. Chicago gangster during Prohibition who controlled the “bootlegging” industry. Al Capone Elliot Ness, part of the Untouchables

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30 “Prohibition is an awful flop. We like it. It can't stop what it's meant to stop. We like it. It's left a trail of graft and slime, It's filled our land with vice and crime, It can't prohibit worth a dime, Nevertheless we're for it.” Franklin Pierce Adams, New York World “It is impossible to stop liquor trickling through a dotted line” A Prohibition agent

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32   “Flappers” sought individual freedom   Ongoing crusade for equal rights  “cult of domesticity”  Most women remain in the “cult of domesticity” sphere   Discovery of adolescence   Teenaged children no longer needed to work and indulged their craving for excitement

33 1925 vs. The first conflict between religion vs. science being taught in school was in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee.

34 Westinghouse Radio Station KDKA was a world pioneer of commercial radio broadcasting. Transmitted 100 watts on a wavelength of 360 meters. KDKA first broadcast was the Harding-Cox Presidential election returns on November 2, KDKA 220 stations eighteen months after KDKA took the plunge. $50 to $150 for first radios 3,000,000 homes had them by 1922.

35 $60 millionRadio sets, parts and accessories brought in $60 million in 1922… $136 million $136 million in 1923 $852 million$852 million in 1929 every third homeRadio reached into every third home in its first decade. Listening audience was 50,000,000 by 1925 (VERY IMP. FOR GREAT DEPRESSION & WWII)

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37 The 1920 Election Wilson’s idealism and Treaty of Versailles led many Americans to vote for the Republican, Warren Harding… US turned inward and feared anything that was European… Wilson’s idealism and Treaty of Versailles led many Americans to vote for the Republican, Warren Harding… US turned inward and feared anything that was European…

38 Republican Policies Return to "normalcy" – tariffs raised – corporate, income taxes cut – spending cuts Government-business cooperation – “The business of government, is business” Return to “isolation” Return to "normalcy" – tariffs raised – corporate, income taxes cut – spending cuts Government-business cooperation – “The business of government, is business” Return to “isolation”

39 The 1924 Election   Calvin Coolidge served as President from 1923 to   “Silent Cal”.   Republican president   Calvin Coolidge served as President from 1923 to   “Silent Cal”.   Republican president

40 ++ = $$ LAISSEZ FAIRE REPUBLICAN ECONOMY SUPPORTED LAISSEZ FAIRE AND BIG BUSINESS………. Lower Taxes Less Federal Higher Strong Spending Tariffs National Economy Fordney-McCumber Tariff Hawley-Smoot Tariff raised the tariff to an unbelievable 60%!!!

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42 Bad Economic Policies  Depression, anyone? Sound familiar? Our current economy?


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