"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and Water." -W.C. Fields
The Roaring Twenties, also commonly known as the Jazz Age, was a time period of differing paradoxes. It was a time when people challenged what was considered traditional behavior, yet Protestant Fundamentalism was at an all-time high.
Prohibition sought to improve society's moral compass, yet it led to increased crime and corruption and never curbed the thirst for alcohol.
After World War I, Women gained the right to vote and African Americans seized new opportunities, yet both were oppressed in many ways.
During WWI, organized labor made large gains in terms of participation, wages, benefits, and conditions. Yet during the 1920's, fear over the spread of Communism, Socialism, and Anarchy led the federal government to crack down on anyone suspected of radical activities and labor unions took a major hit.
For all of its ying and yang, the Twenties were a transitional time period that took the United States and helped transform it into the modern world power that we know today. It sets the table for the upcoming events of the 1930's, 40's and beyond.
Labor Unions, The Red Scare, Push Back Against Immigration, and the 2nd KKK
Racial Tension, Race Riots, and the African American Response
Chapter 20/21 Powerpoint
Chapter 20 Notes Handout
Chapter 21 Notes Handout
Primary Source Readings
What Caused the Palmer Raids?
What Caused the Chicago Race Riots of 1919?
Why Did People Care About the Butler Act?
Crash Course: Roaring Twenties
How to Dance "The Charleston"
Driving Around NYC
Duke Ellington-"Don't Mean a Thing"
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- "Dream a Little Dream"
Harold Lloyd- "Safety Last"
Lunch on a Skyscraper
Roaring Twenties Dance Craze
The Harlem Renaissance
The Rise of Prohibition
Study Guides/Guided Readings
Roaring Twenties Study Guide
ASOU: Boom Video Questions
The Simpsons and Prohibition Handout