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Light and Dark Sides of the 1920's

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This act allowed the government to fund highways that were being built. This also made states designate a small percentage of the roads built to be parts of highways. This was important, because highways were needed to get places more efficiently. They are still used today, and they provide a route for cargo to be delivered, and for people to get to easily go long distances. This was a bright side, because they construction of highways were being encouraged, and they were and still are a necessity. People could also travel to faraway places, and experience new things. They had an increase of communication, and expansion of culture.

Henry Ford founded the Ford Automobile Company. It became the largest automobile company in the 1920’s. He created the Model-T which was an affordable and convenient for everyone. He also perfected the assembly line, and this led to mass production. He was a part of the bright side, because he started the trend of affordable cars, and mass production. Both of the these led to a better economy for America.
During the 1920s, Amelia Earhart was a symbol of womanly strength and aviation prowess. She was an extremely famous female pilot that is still very well known throughout the world. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She was attempting to fly across the world when her plane mysteriously disappeared. Despite this tragedy, she was absolutely part of the bright side of the 1920s because of her advances in the world of flight and the symbol of hope and independence she represented to the public continue to shine in the hearts of millions.
The stock market crash is a sudden decline of stock prices. The cause of this in America in the 1920’s was people invested everything, because they believed in the economy and then lost it all. It led to unemployment, and the start of the Great Depression. It was a part of the dark side, because it caused panic and people to struggle for money. The Great Depression was also a hard time for all Americans.

Stock Market Crash
The radio, while not invented in the 1920s, was perfected in this time period. In 1922, the first radio broadcasting station was opened in Pittsburgh. It was a smash hit and many more stations began popping up all over the country. The radio allowed people to communicate more easily and efficiently and helped to unite our nation.
Babe Ruth was known as the greatest baseball player of all time. He broke and still holds many records, such as getting 714 home runs in 22 seasons. He was important, because he was not only a great baseball player, but also a great person. He acted as a role model for many people. He was a part of the bright side, because he inspired people to follow their dreams. He also showed that not everyone who is famous is stuck up.
Babe Ruth
Radio
Henry Ford
Amelia Earhart
The Federal Highway Act of 1921
During the 1920s, farmers faced many hardships. There were surpluses of food, which drove the prices down. Many farmers could not pay debts and faced economic ruin and were foreclosed upon. This led to overcrowding in cities and less food production.
The Volstead Act was also know as the Prohibition. This was a time when alcohol was outlawed in the United States. It was important, because it was a time when people would steal and illegally make alcohol, because it was illegal to own it. This brought about arrests when people were caught. It was a part of the dark side, because this act did not work. Most people did not abide by it, and people were breaking the law constantly.
The Volstead Act
Problems with Farmers
Ratified in August of 1920, this amendment gave American women the right to vote. It had been a long and hard battle to obtain this. It was first introduced to Congress in 1878, and suffrage supporters had to go through many hardships to get it to become accepted. Once it was, women had an influence in the major decisions of the country. The 19th Amendment was absolutely part of the bright side of the 1920’s because it opened up new opportunities for American women and took steps towards equality.
Ratified in August of 1920, this amendment gave American women the right to vote. It had been a long and hard battle to obtain this. It was first introduced to Congress in 1878, and suffrage supporters had to go through many hardships to get it to become accepted. Once it was, women had an influence in the major decisions of the country. The 19th Amendment was absolutely part of the bright side of the 1920’s because it opened up new opportunities for American women and took steps towards equality.
The 19th Amendment
Revival of the KKK
Gangsters
The Emergency Quota Act of 1921 limited the amount of immigrants that would be allowed into our country. It changed America because in years past, immigrants had been flooding into our country. Now, that once-steady flow was limited to a very small percent of immigrants that were allowed in. This was part of the dark side of the 1920s because the immigrants who wanted to experience the promise of America that weren’t allowed in probably had good reasons for wanting to come here, and by not letting them in we not only hurt them but our country by losing some of the integrity that makes America what it is and by making it less diverse in culture and spirit.
Emergency Quota Act of 1921
Gangsters were members of organized crime. They would intimidate and threaten people to get money. They prided themselves on being secretive. The most famous gangster was Al Capone. This was important, because they showed the bad things that happened as a result of the Prohibition. They were a part of the dark side, because they murdered and stole from innocent people
The Bright Side
Between 1915 and 1944, the KKK experienced a revival. In fact, according to some sources, almost ten million people were a part of this organization, including men, women, children, and people from certain other countries such as England. They thought that black people were a malice to society and committed hate crimes against them. They also didn’t like immigrants or Jews. They were violent and terrifying, wearing robes and masks to hide their identities while using terrorist tactics. Clearly, this was part of the dark side for their raging discrimination and their violent methods of trying to make whites superior.


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