Welcome. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute February 16, 2011 U.S. History Mr. Green. Agenda/Topics To Be Covered. The students will explain how schools and mass media influenced American culture in the 1920’s by identifying contributors to American pop culture in the 1920’s
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Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
February 16, 2011
The students will explain how schools and mass media influenced American culture in the 1920’s by identifying contributors to American pop culture in the 1920’s
Announcement: Chapter 13 Test Next Tuesday
Due: Chapter 13 Vocabulary due today
Drill: Read the excerpt from Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt on page 468 and answer the following
1. What tone does Lewis use to describe Babbitt?
2. What conclusions can you draw about Babbitt’s character from the excerpt?
Motivation: What kinds of people do you consider heroes?
Why do you admire these people?
Schools and the Mass Media Shape Culture
1914-I million in high schools
1926-4 million in high schools
Schools offered vocational training/home economics
Teach English to foreigners
Taxes increased to support schools
Expanding News Coverage
Newspaper circulation rose
Mass-circulation magazines increased
Radio comes of Age
Invested in Market research
“airwaves”, “radio audience”, “tune-in”
New games/pastimes helped Americans spend more money on leisure activities-$4.5 billion by 1929
Sports Heroes of the 1920’s
Negro National League
1st non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20, 1927
1925-filmmaking the 4th largest industry in the U.S.
1927-The Jazz Singer, first talkie movie
Theater, Music, and Art
Changing American styles that broke away from the European model
“ashcan school” of painting-honest look at everyday realities
Writers of the 1920s
Sinclair Lewis-challenged the conformity and strait-laced culture of small towns
F. Scott Fitzgerald-Jazz Age
revealed negative side of the period’s gaiety and freedom
criticized the glorification of war
Students will complete the Guided Reading sheet for Chapter 13 Section 3.
1. Read Chapter 13 Section 4 and prepare for 5 question quiz