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Rapping up the 1920s. Lost generation. Rejected the quest for material possessions Some left the United States to Europe F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway. Harlem Renaissance. Cultural center for African Americans 50,000 in 1914 to 200,000 in 1930

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Rapping up the 1920s

Rapping up the 1920s


Lost generation

Lost generation

  • Rejected the quest for material possessions

  • Some left the United States to Europe

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway


Harlem renaissance

Harlem Renaissance

  • Cultural center for African Americans

    • 50,000 in 1914 to 200,000 in 1930

  • National center for Jazz & African American writing

  • James Weldon & Langston Hughes


Bootlegging

Bootlegging

  • Speakeasies – bars that operated illegally

  • Al Capone

    • $60 million from bootlegging

    • Bought police, judges & city officials

    • Convicted of income-tax evasion


Racial tension

Racial tension

  • Riots in Omaha, Tulsa & Washington D.C.

  • Chicago

    • 17 year old boy floated into the white section of the beach

    • White man throws rock at boy and he drowns

    • 23 Africans Americans & 15 whites dead which brings the total number of Americans dead to 38

    • 537 wounded

  • Revival of the Klan


Red scare an intense fear of communism

Red Scarean intense fear of communism

  • Russian revolution (Communism)

    • Government owned all and property

    • Single political party controlled the gov’t

    • Needs of the country took priority over the rights of individuals

  • Americans thought the same could happen here

    • Anti-European feelings spread across U.S.


Sacco vanzetti controversy

Sacco & Vanzetti controversy

  • Gunmen robbed and killed the guard and paymaster of a shoe factory

  • Two Italian immigrants were arrested

  • Sacco’s gun was used

  • Vanzetti was probably innocent

  • Both were sent to the electric chair seven years later


Teapot dome scandal

Teapot Dome Scandal

  • Harding enjoyed strong popularity

  • One official had stolen government funds

  • Others had taken bribes for getting contracts passed and laws passed

  • Several other officials were accused of wrong-doings two committed suicide

  • Sec. of Interior Albert Fall

    • Gave oil-drilling rights to two private companies to drill oil in Elk Hills, CA and Teapot Dome WY


Scopes monkey trial 1 st trial broadcasted over radio

Scopes monkey trial1st trial broadcasted over radio

  • Evolution on trial (Clarence Darrow)

    • Theory states that human beings and all other living species developed over time from simpler life forms

  • Fundamentalist (William Jennings Bryant)

    • Contradicted the history of creation in the bible

  • William Jennings Bryant died three days later

  • John Scopes was found guilty


1919 world series

1919 World Series

  • White Sox = “Black Sox”

  • Betting odds suddenly switches

  • White Sox lose in eight games

  • Eight men were accused of fixing the series

    • Joe Jackson .375, Weaver .324, Gandil game deciding hits in game 3 & 4, Cicotte pitched on one game to keep the Sox from elimination

  • Later acquitted, but all eight were banned from baseball


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