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- Explain what American life and cultural values were like in the 1920s.
- Describe the American economy in the 1920s.
- Take a look at 1920s American politics.
- Discuss the results of Prohibition.
- Learn about 1920s organized crime in America.
- Describe what American art and pop culture were like in the 1920s.
- Take a look at 1920s art and culture of the Harlem Renaissance.
- Understand American reactions to immigration and demographic changes.
- Explain the causes of the Red Scare.
- Summarize the Scopes trial and Scottsboro trials.
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.
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.
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.
4. Schools, Media & Culture in the 1920s
This lesson explores middle and upper class life and culture in the 1920s. It discusses the new morality and how it affected education, business, consumerism, and mass media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. 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.
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.
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.
12. Palmer Raids of 1920: Definition & Summary
Fearing a communist revolutionary takeover of the U.S., Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer set in motion a hunt for conspirators, called the Palmer Raids. Read about these raids and test your understanding with a quiz.
13. 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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