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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a economy and politics of the 1920s unit of a standard post-Civil War U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- Initiatives from 1882-1924 to control immigration
- The 1920s economy, taxes and the farm crisis
- Airlines in the 1920s
- American diplomatic agreements and politics during the decade
- The Scottsboro, Scopes, Sacco and Vanzetti trails
- Organized crime and racial-targeting movements
- African American movements
- The Red Scare and New Nationalism
- History of Angel Island
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Immigration Control Initiatives from 1882 to 1924
This lesson explains U.S. immigration controls from 1882 to 1924. It highlights the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1892, Ellis Island, and the Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924.
9. African-American Movements & Politics of the 1920s
This lesson explores the African American movement of the 1920s. It also highlights the horrific Red Summer, while defining the New Negro, the Back to Africa movement, and the Harlem Renaissance.
10. Charles Lindbergh & Airlines in the 1920s
Believe it or not, the air used to fill birthday balloons was once a strategic resource on par with oil or uranium. This lesson starts with Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic and ends with the establishment of long-range airlines.
11. The Farm Crisis of the 1920s
While World War I may have been a victory for the Allies and United States, it ultimately would be a defeat for many American farmers. This lesson explains the farm crisis that began as many veterans returned to the fields.
12. Andrew Mellon, Taxes & the Mellon Plan
Do you feel good about a politician who cuts taxes for everyone, all while increasing government revenue? Chances are you'd feel pretty good about Andrew Mellon, then. That is, as long as you didn't own a business in the Great Depression...
13. American Diplomatic Agreements in the 1920s
After the War to End All Wars, diplomats were eager to find a way to prevent any further violence. This lesson talks about three major agreements signed in the 1920s that sought to bring stability to the world.
14. Angel Island: Definition, History & Facts
Angel Island is the largest island in California's San Francisco Bay area. In this lesson, you'll learn about its diverse history that includes military use and an immigration point of entry, then take a quiz to see what you've learned.
15. New Nationalism: Definition & Speech
Through this lesson, you will learn about Theodore Roosevelt's platform of New Nationalism, and gain an understanding of how his progressive politics continues to influence American life in the present day.
16. Sacco and Vanzetti: Definition, Trial & Summary
Learn about the contentious trial of Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and how it related to anti-foreign sentiment in 1920s America. Check your understanding with a quiz.
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