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The Roaring Twenties: Positives & Negatives
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The Roaring Twenties: Positives & Negatives
Rise of the Klan
The KKK had existed in America many years prior to the twenties. But they expanded greatly in the twenties due to the Great Migration. The KKK had been mainly located in the South up to this point. The Great Migration caused people in places such as Indiana and Illinois to join the Klan.
The "Jazz Age" provoked many famous dances, such as: the Charleston, the cake walk, the flea hop, and the black bottom.
50,000 parade the streets
of Washington D.C. Particularly
the capitol building.
Scopes Monkey Trial
In 1925 a biology teacher named, John T. Scopes was prosecuted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The case received national attention and brought many tourists to the town of Dayton, Tennessee. Former secretary of state, William Jennings Bryan was the prosecutor. Clarence Darrow, a notorious criminal lawyer, defended Scopes. Scopes was ultimately found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of $100.
The twenties have famously been referred to as "The Jazz Age." This is because it was the birth of the genre. Although the older population considered jazz "vulgar"; the younger generation embraced the movement. They felt their freedom on the dance floor.
Musicians such as, Louis
Armstrong came about in
KKK Marches Capitol
Prohibition can be seen as both positive and a negative. Although it made alcohol illegal to stop trouble, ironically it created it. It increased crime levels tremendously. Bootleggers and organized crime especially.
Although electricity didn't come about until the late 1920's and early 1930's, it changed America forever. Household appliances brought forth a new image to modern everyday life. Inventions such as the radio and telephone increased and improved communication terrifically.
Organized crime grew a lot in the 1920's, pretty much because of prohibition. The mob got a strong hold in the big cities like New York and Chicago. Not to mention bootleggers in the rural areas of America like Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennesse.
crime figures such as Al Capone,
Bugs Moran, George Nelson, and
Bonnie & Clyde were notorious
in the '20s
The KDKA was one of the first radios. It was the first to cover the a presidential election in 1920. Everyone could now receive the same information. The radio completely revolutionized the way Americans communicated.
Stock Market Crash
October 29th 1929 is a day that will always be remembered in American history. The day that the stock market crashed, Americans lost everything; not just their money and belongings, but their trust of banks and the stock market. This tragic event shot America straight into the great depression.
Charles Lindbergh was the first man to complete a trans-atlantic flight. He was awarded a medal of honor and set the stage for many pilots to come.
The "New Woman"
A different type of woman came about in the 1920s. They were known as flappers: women who drank, smoked and participated in "unladylike behavior." In reality most women didn't really act like this, but they did dress flamboyantly.
"Cultural Civil War"
The Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, and the Red-Scare are just a few of the events that caused social and racial tensions in the '20s. These events caused a strong feeling of nationalism and anti-immigration thoughts to come over white-americans.
In 1920 women were guaranteed the right to vote by the 19th amendment. This was just the beginning of the fight for equality for women that still continues today.
The Tea Pot Scandal
Numerous scandals took place under President Harding. The most notorious was the Tea Pot Dome Scandal. This was where secret leasing of federal oil reserves by the secretary of the interior, Albert Bacon Fall. He granted exclusive rights to certain oil companies in return for the leases, Fall received large cash gifts and no-interest “loans.”
With prohibition in effect, Americans had to find a new drink to enjoy. Soft-drink sales sky-rocketed including Coca-cola. Americans loved it so much that it became the "national temperance drink."
The Automobile Industry.
Heavily considered the most important consumer product of the decade, the automobile industry made an economy all of its own. By the end of the decade there was one car on the road for every five americans. The automobile industry sparked other businesses such as motels and service stations.
National Origins Act
The "Red Scare" caused a big stir up in America. The fear that communism would spread caused the U.S. to put limitations on immigrants. The National Origins Act was passed to limit the immigrants from Asia and Eastern Europe.
The Movie Industry
It is estimated that three-quarters of the nation's population went to a movie theater each week. They saw the same movies no matter their social or economic classes. This brought people closer together in a way that nothing else had before.
A Loss of Trust
Due to the stock market crash, Americans had lost faith in the banks. Because the banks had invested all of their money in stocks and lost it. I'm not really sure if Americans have ever really gained their full trust of banks back.
Credit came about in the 1920's to make it easier to pay for things. It started out with pure intentions, but throughout the decades people became too dependent on it. Especially people today.