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American Life in the 1920s - Chapter Summary
American life during the 1920s is covered thoroughly in these video lessons put together by professional instructors. You'll find topics on the American economy during this time, the corruption scandals in politics during the 1920s and the 19th Amendment, among others subjects. These resources are written by teachers specifically for the needs and requirements of teachers. To ensure you have access to these materials at any time that works well for you, we've made these lessons and quizzes accessible to you from your computer, tablet or mobile device 24 hours a day - so you can use them in and out of the classroom.
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- Includes technology: Our video lessons about 1920s America give you access to a great teaching tool you can use in the classroom to engage your students.
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- Promotes understanding: Our videos cover topics ranging from politics, the economy and prohibition to the music, poetry and art of the Harlem Renaissance, giving your students a thorough understanding of the important decade of the 1920s in the U.S.
Use this chapter to teach your students how to do the following:
- Detail the stock market and the economic shift of the American economy in the 1920s
- Outline the Teapot Dome Scandal and its effects on American politics
- Discuss the impact of the 18th Amendment on prohibition during this time
- Identify the date the 19th Amendment was ratified
- Explain the important novels, poetry and music of the Harlem Renaissance
- Describe the role of the Klu Klux Klan during this era
- Summarize the Red Scare of the 1920s and its causes
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. What is the 19th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Date Ratified
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees all women the right to vote. Let's take a look at the lengthy and arduous path traveled by women seeking not only the right to vote, but also acknowledgment of citizenship.
5. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
6. Harlem Renaissance Music: Artists & History
This lesson provides a brief introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and focuses on the music of the movement, including a more detailed description of five of its most prominent performers.
7. Ku Klux Klan During Reconstruction: History & Explanation
The history of violence in United States extends back to the beginning of the nation. Learn how the Ku Klux Klan contributed to the history of violence in America during the Reconstruction era, 1863-1877.
8. 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.
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