Ch 16: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: 1920s America

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Use the lessons in this chapter to brush up on what you know about 1920s America. This study guide can help you prepare for history questions about 1920s politics, economics, and culture on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: 1920s America - Chapter Summary

As you are progressing through your study plan for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies, use this chapter to boost your U.S. history knowledge. It can help you become well-versed in all the major topics related to 1920s America, including its politics, culture, art, and economics. Important people and topics, including President Harding, the Ku Klux Klan, the Red Scare, and Prohibition, are all covered. After completing all of the lessons, you should be able to:

  • Explain the modern culture and values during this decade
  • Provide examples of achievements and obstacles during the presidency of Warren Harding
  • Understand changes to the economy during this time period, including consumerism and the stock market crash
  • Describe prohibition and the politics of the 1920s, including the scandals and corruption
  • Describe social reactions to booming city life and immigration
  • Consider social ideas and movements (such as nativism and the Ku Klux Klan) during this period
  • Discuss the significance of the Scopes and Scottsboro trials

The lessons in this chapter have been specially formulated to help you review material you are likely to come across on the exam. Each lesson contains a short video to help illustrate the information. The video's transcript is included as a great resource for taking notes. You can take a self-assessment quiz after each lesson to apply what you've learned. If you'd like to review a particular section of the lesson, use the timeline below the video for easy navigation.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: 1920s America
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1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

1. 1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

In the 1920s, America started experiencing a rapid growth in urbanization and innovation that glorified city life and introduced new values. Learn about how the 1920s had a thriving economy, increased freedoms for women, and cultural growth, such as the emergence of jazz, the Harlem Renaissance and the Art Deco style.

President Harding: Election, Achievements & a Return to Normalcy

2. President Harding: Election, Achievements & a Return to Normalcy

The few political accomplishments of President Warren G. Harding were overshadowed by incidents of corruption. Learn about his background, his path to the presidency and election, and his achievements.

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

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

The American economy in the 1920s boomed thanks to advances in manufacturing, advertising, and financing. Learn about the economic shift that saw the rise of consumerism and Coolidge Prosperity, and then explore the rise and eventual crash of the stock market.

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

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

In the 1920s, following World War I, the United States strove to return to a period of normalcy, but instead, experienced a decade marked by perversion. Explore American politics in the 1920s to understand why this was a period of transition and corruption. Review the Teapot Dome Scandal and learn about presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.

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

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

The Prohibition movement of the 1920s made the sale and transport of alcohol in the United States illegal from 1919 to 1933. Explore the movement through a definition, the significance of the passage of the 18th Amendment, and its eventual results.

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

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

In the 1920s, some U.S. citizens responded to technological advances, rising immigration, and a shifting moral culture by putting foreign ideas on trial, exploring the science of race, and building an invisible empire. Learn about these movements, including the Ku Klux Klan, eugenics, and nativism.

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

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

Following WWI, many Americans were concerned about the potential of a revolution starting due to the influences of radical leftists. Explore the state of the nation following WWI and the lingering uneasiness felt by many Americans, and how these factors led to the Red Scare.

The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance

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

The Scopes Trial (1925) and the Scottsboro Trial (1931-1937) were two crucial legal cases in American history that highlighted tensions in social values and differences in public opinion at the time. Discover the ins and outs of each case, why they are considered so important, and how they brought about change in the US legal system.

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