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1920s – Economy and Society (cont.). Overview of reactionary impulse to modernism of 1920s Rural people in minority for 1 st time as of 1920 census 1920 – 52% urban (28% in 1870) Cities grow - NY – 7 million, LA – 1.2 as of 1920

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1920s economy and society cont
1920s – Economy and Society (cont.)

  • Overview of reactionary impulse to modernism of 1920s

  • Rural people in minority for 1st time as of 1920 census

    • 1920 – 52% urban (28% in 1870)

    • Cities grow - NY – 7 million, LA – 1.2 as of 1920

    • Urbanization, modernism, immigration – seen as threat to values by many

    • Dissenters to new values

    • KKK

      • William Simmons, Stone Mt., Georgia

      • Nativist sentiment

      • 1924 – National Origins Act (Immigration Act of 1924)


  • Religious debate

    • 1925 – Tennessee

    • ACLU

    • John T. Scopes

    • Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan



    • Prohibition

      • 18th Amendment

      • liquor equated with sins of city

      • 21st Amendment


    • Economy

      • General prosperity

      • But…

      • By Summer of 1929 - recession


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