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The Roaring Twenties! Mrs. Holmes’ favorite topic in history!

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Page 1: The Roaring Twenties!

The Roaring Twenties!

Mrs. Holmes’ favorite topic in history!

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Why are the 1920’s so great!?

After WWI, Americans prospered in terms of business, goods, and the economy

Our nation was not destroyed by war “Boom” years! Laissez faire again! 19th Amendment-which is what?!

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A Republican Decade

Republicans dominated 1920's politics Labor unions wanted more=tensions between

business and labor Led to many economic, political, and social changes

Middle-Class Prosperity Improved standard of living for middle class Higher wages, shorter hours

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1920’s Presidents

Warren G. Harding Corruption?! Calvin Coolidge Herbert Hoover

He will take the blame for the downfall!

My wife was nicknamed

“Lemonade Lucy”

I was known as “Silent Cal”

Everyone ends up hating me!

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Middle Class Prosperity

Economy expanded Wages rose Work hours decrease New technology Radios, vacuum cleaners, etc. Consumer economy

Economy based on consumer wants and needs Credit! Henry Ford

Assembly line Cars!

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18th Amendment Outlawed the sale,

production, and distribution of alcohol

Speak-easies Bootleg liquor Black Market activities

became common during this time period surrounding Prohibition

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“Famous” people of the 1920’s

Charles Luciano Alphonse

"Scarface" Capone Bugsy Siegel Focused on crime,

prostitution, gambling, alcohol, etc.

Prohibition created a criminal class that supplied drinking Americans.

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And no….It doesn’t mean UD’s student section ;)

A strong fear of communism and anarchists

Strikes and protests were associated with this

Many suspected radicals happened to be “immigrants”

Sacco and Vanzetti Immigrants convicted of

murdering a company payroll master based on very weak evidence

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Suffrage Movement

Seneca Falls Convention Mott, Stanton, Anthony “We ask of our rulers…no

special privileges, no special legislation. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the U.S. be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”

***The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote!

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The “Flapper” Popular culture from

music, radio, and motion pictures

Younger women who were part of the Jazz Age Centered around

speakeasy culture Dance, smoke, drink,

shorter skirts, bobbed haircut

Started the idea of the “modern woman”

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Immigration and the KKK

Nativism Against blacks, mexican

americans, catholics, jews, and immigrants from southern and eastern Europe

Immigration Restriction Act Ku Klux Klan

White supremacist organization founded after the Civil War

Klan membership moves north Lynchings


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African Americans

Great Migration Many African

Americans left the South and moved North for better jobs and opportunities

Still faced prejudice Brought culture,

ideas, and new sources of labor for factories

Harlem Renaissance The “Jazz Age” The center of

African American culture, music, art and literature

Hughes, Hurston, Armstrong, Ellington

They were very popular among white audiences