Ch 48: American Life & Culture During the Roaring 20s (1920-1929)

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Watch these videos to refresh your understanding of how Americans lived and worked in the 1920s. Get information on the stock market boom, political scandals, popular culture and important events.

American Life & Culture During the Roaring 20s (1920-1929) - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review facts about events and personalities in 1920s America. Our instructors discuss the shift from rural to urban life during this period, and offer an overview of economic conditions and trends. You'll learn about political scandals and corruption, too. Other lessons look at prohibition and organized crime.

You will get a chance to study art and literature, with a special look at the Harlem Renaissance. Social movements, such as eugenics and nativism, are analyzed, along with the Red Scare. Other lessons focus on important figures such as Marcus Garvey and Charles Lindbergh. After viewing these lessons, you should have an understanding of topics including:

  • American city life of the 1920s
  • Consumerism and the stock market
  • The Teapot Dome Scandal and political corruption
  • Prohibition
  • Organized crime
  • Art and culture, including the Harlem Renaissance
  • Social movements, including the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, eugenics and nativism
  • The significance of the Scopes Trial and the Scottsboro Trials

You can watch these lessons as your schedule permits, moving through the lessons at your own pace. Each lesson in accompanied by a written transcript so you can read along with the instructor. The multiple-choice quizzes at the end of the lessons let you test your learning.

13 Lessons in Chapter 48: American Life & Culture During the Roaring 20s (1920-1929)
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1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

1. 1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

The 1920s was a time of enormous cultural change. In this lesson, we will examine urban culture during the 1920s. We will compare urban values with those of rural locations and see how urban culture became a symbol of the decade as a whole.

American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift

2. American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift

In this lesson we will learn about the American economy throughout the 1920s. We will explore the role of consumerism and the stock market during this time, and we will learn how the prosperity of the decade came to a crashing halt.

The Great Migration: Definition & Causes

3. The Great Migration: Definition & Causes

The economic conditions of World War I led to a massive movement of African Americans from the South to the North, known as the Great Migration. Examine the causes and effects of this phenomenon.

American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

4. American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

Americans looked forward to the start of a new decade in 1920. They also looked for a president that would ease their fears and return the nation to 'normal,' but big business and corruption would come to symbolize politics of the decade.

Prohibition of the 1920s: Definition, 18th Amendment & Results

5. Prohibition of the 1920s: Definition, 18th Amendment & Results

The 18th Amendment outlawed all alcohol in the United States. The prohibition era defined a decade and the people of a modernizing America. In this lesson, develop an understanding of prohibition and the 18th Amendment.

American Organized Crime of the 1920s

6. American Organized Crime of the 1920s

In this lesson, we will learn about American organized crime during the 1920s. We will explore what brought about increased organized crime during this time, and we will identify the key figures and events associated with this theme.

American Art, Pop Culture & Literature of the 1920s

7. American Art, Pop Culture & Literature of the 1920s

In this lesson, we will examine the art, literature and popular culture associated with the 1920s. We will identify several key terms and figures related to the culture of the period, and understand them in historical context.

Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

8. Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

In this lesson, we will learn about an artistic and intellectual movement called the Harlem Renaissance. We will identify the major figures associated with the movement and identify their contributions.

Marcus Garvey: Biography, Speeches & Books

9. Marcus Garvey: Biography, Speeches & Books

Explore the life and accomplishments of the African rights leader Marcus Garvey and test your understanding about pan-African movements, civil rights, and global African history.

The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

10. The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

The decade of the 1920s saw older, traditional values of American society challenged by the rapidly changing Modern Age. Elements of the nation reacted to such change with fear. Develop an understanding of the reborn Ku Klux Klan, the eugenics movement and nativist sentiments of the 1920s.

The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & Causes

11. The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & Causes

The Red Scare of the early 1920s would not be the last. During this time, post-WWI America felt vulnerable and turned its fear on a perceived leftist or 'Red' threat. This lesson will help you to develop an understanding of the Red Scare of the 1920s.

The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance

12. The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance

In this lesson, we will examine two important legal cases: the Scopes 'Monkey' Trial and the Scottsboro Trials. We will highlight the events surrounding the cases, and explore the impact they had on American society.

Charles Lindbergh: Biography, Flight & Kidnapping

13. Charles Lindbergh: Biography, Flight & Kidnapping

Learn about Charles Lindbergh, what made him famous, and why he dominated the American public's attention for an entire decade of the 20th century. Then test your new knowledge with a quiz.

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