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Ch 15: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The Roaring 20s in the U.S.

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Study the events and key figures of 1920s America through these fun and quick video lessons. Learn about American culture, political corruption and conflicts of the period. Take quizzes to make sure you're up to speed on the material.

The Roaring 20s in the U.S. - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter introduces you to the art and culture that typified the decade known as the Roaring 20s. The subject experts who teach these lessons will help you understand the state of the American economy and political structure during this period before diving into some of the decade's more notorious elements, such as organized crime, the Ku Klux Klan and political corruption.

Along with the videos, our lessons come with transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes. You can also send questions on the Roaring 20s to an instructor. When you're finished viewing the short and engaging video lessons that make up this chapter, you'll understand:

  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Consumerism and economic shifts
  • Results of the 18th amendment
  • Causes of the Red Scare
  • The Scopes and Scottsboro trials
  • Factors in the eugenics movement

Video Objective
American Arts & Culture of the 1920s & the Harlem Renaissance Journey through 1920s city life, examine the popular culture that dominated the decade and study the artists of the Harlem Renaissance.
American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift Assess the process of moving from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy and dominant components of the 1920s economy in the U.S.
American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal Trace the shift back to a more conservative political mindset and get a closer look at Washington political corruption.
Prohibition of the 1920s: Definition, 18th Amendment & Results Identify reasons for the federal banning of alcohol and list some results of Prohibition.
American Organized Crime of the 1920s Meet the major players in American organized crime and discuss the reasons it developed.
The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions Assess the relationship between U.S.-born citizens and immigrants in the 1920s. Learn about the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & CausesStudy American reactions to socialism, anarchism and communism. Detail reasons for the Red Scare.
The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance Identify the problems that resulted from cultural conflicts and get details on corresponding court cases.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The Roaring 20s in the U.S.
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American Arts & Culture of the 1920s & the Harlem Renaissance

1. American Arts & Culture of the 1920s & the Harlem Renaissance

In this lesson, we will learn about American art and culture during the 1920s. We will identify key figures, trends, and artistic and cultural developments, most notably the Harlem Renaissance.

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.

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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