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1920's v 1950's

A comparison between the two infamous decades.

Danielle Martin

on 24 May 2010

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Transcript of 1920's v 1950's

Curious as to how the 1920's and
1950's compare in America? Let's take a look and see. First let's start with the commonalities They both started after the end of World Wars The 1920's began after WWI The 1950's began after WWII They were both decades of Economic
Prosperity for the wealthy and Upper
Middle Class Consumer Goods Increased Exponentially Higher Wages Than Ever Before and Less Hours Media Focus on
Advertisements and Entertainment Suburban Shopping Centers Films and Sports flourish Teenage
Rebellions Urban and Suburban Life
Began to Dominate Rural Life The Red Scares of Each Decade 1920's Scope's "Monkey Trial" 1950's White Flight 1920's Palmer Raids 1950's McCarthyism The Standard of Living Increased Dramatically 1920's:
Richest and Most Developed Nation 1950's:
Highest Standard of Living Now For the Differences Based on the Decade 1920's 1950's Positives Had the 2nd Industrial Revolution Welfare Capitalism and "Open shop" Steel, Sheet Metal, Rubber, Glass and Petroleum Industries Boomed An increase in roads and gas stations Women's Sufferage
Harlem Rennaisance
Prohibition (Volstead Act) Return to normalcy Cut back on Government Spending Negatives Agricultural based Industries declined dramatically Debs gained support for the Socialist Party Women only got low-paying jobs KKK rebirth National Origins Quota Act Progressivism Dies Positives Addition of Social Security Raised Minimum Wage Avoided drastic Economic Inflation TV Boom: Replaced Radios and Magazines Baby Boom
Increased Church membership Public Schools and Colleges Emphasised NASA: Defense and Education Act
Highways built Negatives Korean War
Cold War
"Brinkmanship" Welfare capitalism is a system of private, employer-based social
welfare provisions based on the idea that Americans
should look not to the government or to labor unions but to the
workplace benefits provided by private-sector
employers for protection against the fluctuations of the market economy. Open shop is an establishment in which eligibility for employment and retention on the payroll are not determined by membership or nonmembership in a labor union though there may be an agreement by which a union is recognized as sole bargaining agent. 19th Amendment Rise of Jazz, writers like Langston Hughes American Writers who left to go to Paris
due to social and political reasons
Also known as "The Lost Generation" Enforced the 18th Amendment Warren G. Harding's campaign
slogan in the 1920 election After WWI which had been heavily
dependant on the farmers for crops, the
surplus was unneeded after 1920 which led
to a collapse of agricultural prices
and a long-term agricultural depression Ran for president in 1920 for
the Socialist Party; gained 1 mil votes Occured in Stone Mountain, GA Severely restricted immigration by establishing a system of national quotas that blatantly discriminated against immigrants from southern and eastern Europe and virtually excluded Asians. The policy stayed in effect until the 1960s. Added by President Truman A result of the post WWII
good feelings Due to suburban culture Encouraged education in
Science, Mathematics and Foreign
Language; mainly a response to the Space Race Federal Highway Act,
originally intended for military
purposes, but also served as a means of
transportation for middle class families 1950-1953, between Communist North Korea
and a non-communist South Korea Mutually Assured Destruction: a doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by two opposing sides would effectively result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender Brinkmanship is the practice, used to effect in diplomacy, of threatening the worst possible actions or consequences in order to prevent an opponent from doing worse Pop culture is always a big Part of certain Decades
lets check out some of the most well-known icons of the 1920's and 1950's 1920 1950
Babe Ruth was noteably
the most famous baseball
player of the 1920's Al Capone was a notorious crime
boss of the 20's, particularly with
the Prohibition This speakeasy, like many others
was very popular with the lack of
alchohol during Prohibition Felix the Cat, a very popular cartoon Duke Ellington was a Jazz legend The Jazz Singer was the first "talkie" The Model T Ford was the biggest selling car in
America Langston Hughes, a poet from the
Harlem Rennaisance The Great Gatsby was written by
the Expatriate F Scott Fitzgerald
about the American Dream Flappers: possibly the most Iconic
symbol from the 20's, represented the teenage
rebellion, where teens were sexually promiscuous
and indulged in drinking Charles Lindbergh and his plane
The Spirit of St Louis which he flew
over the Atlantic Ocean Marilyn Monroe was the
"sex icon" of the 50's Elvis Presley was the icon of Rock 'n' Roll
He symbolized the teenage rebellion where
teenagers broke out of the mold that shows
like Father Knows Best established Barbie was introduced at the very end of
the 1950's and soon became the staple
toy in America The catcher in the Rye was just one of many books that would soon become literary classics Death of a Salesman was written to
show how the American dream had
evolved since the 20's and how harsh
the reality was Leave it to Beaver was the show that
demonstrated the ideal family of the 1950's
and while these were very popular amongst
the media, these families were very rare Pop art first began to
become popular in the 50's Charles Schulz began the popular
comic "Peanuts" in the 50's Suburbs boomed in the 1950's and were
often made up of identical houses due to
the rapid expansion
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