USA 1910-29

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Prohibition The prohibition movement in the United States began in the early 1800s and by 1850 several states had passed laws that restricted or prevented people drinking alcohol. Early campaigners for prohibition included William Lloyd Garrison, Frances E. Willard, Anna Howard Shaw, Carry Nation, Mary Lease and Ida Wise Smith. Neal Dow, a prosperous businessman in Portland, Maine, established the Young Men's Abstinence Society. Prohibition
The Jazz Age 1920's
The Jazz Age The Jazz Age In 1920's America - known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties - everybody seemed to have money. The nightmare that was the Wall Street Crash of October 1929, was inconceivable right up until it happened. The 1920’s saw a break with the traditional set-up in America. The Great War had destroyed old perceived social conventions and new ones developed. The young set themselves free especially, the young women. They shocked the older generation with their new hair style (a short bob) and the clothes that they wore were often much shorter than had been seen and tended to expose their legs and knees.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. A Century of Segregation
Model T Ford
America4 2. Poverty and Depression Not every one shared in the prosperity, however, and there were glaring weaknesses in the American economy in the 1920s. However, there is plenty of evidence that all was not well with the American economy in the 1920s, and in 1928 the 'boom' began to slow down. Particular problems included [FLOP CUTS]: America4
Illinois Trails History and Genealogy presents "The 1920s"
Cartoons | Anti-Saloon League Museum
GCSE Bitesize: The 1920s overview The US started the 20th century as a country with enormous potential, and finished the century as the world's only superpower. Yet there are two ways of looking at this powerful nation in the 1920s - as a wealthy country with a high standard of living, big cars and large houses, or as a country with many people living in poverty and some enduring terrible racism. Although the USA did not enter the First World War until April 1917, the conflict cast a shadow over American society that would take a while to pass. There was a brief economic recession at the start of the 1920s, but, as the decade moved on, the economy boomed and America began the age of consumerism - many Americans bought cars, radios, fridges etc. Major cities such as New York and Chicago grew rapidly and the building of skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, which was completed in 1931, seemed to show the self-confidence of American society. GCSE Bitesize: The 1920s overview

Some useful stuff here for any English lit year 12s as we will soon be starting The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. All of its action takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 but the real story starts in 1917. The Great Gatsby scrutinises the futility of the American dream against a backdop of eyebrow raising wealth and materialistic obsession - if nothing else it's a great read and probably pretty useful to our non lit students too! by jws_english Jan 2