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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)
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By 1925 – 4-5 million members
  • Religious debate
    • 1925 – Tennessee
    • ACLU
    • John T. Scopes
    • Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan
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“Monkey Trial”
  • Radio broadcast
  • Scientific theory v. faith
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Prohibition
    • 18th Amendment
    • liquor equated with sins of city
    • 21st Amendment
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Economy
    • General prosperity
    • But…
    • By Summer of 1929 - recession
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