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Post War Society. Return to Normalcy The Lost Generation Counter-Conservatism. 1920 Election. Post-war discontent, high prices, flu Outbreak, government interference Dems: James Cox and FDR GOP: Harding and Coolidge Harding calls for a “Return to Normalcy” He wins 61% of the vote .

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Post War Society

Return to Normalcy

The Lost Generation

Counter-Conservatism


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1920 Election

  • Post-war discontent, high prices, flu

    • Outbreak, government interference

  • Dems: James Cox and FDR

  • GOP: Harding and Coolidge

  • Harding calls for a “Return to Normalcy”

    • He wins 61% of the vote


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The Lost Generation

  • Disillusionment, what was the war for?

  • Europe: Nihilism, aburdism

  • All Quite on the Western Front.

  • Hemmingway: A Farewell to Arms

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

  • Sinclair Lewis: Babbit

  • H. L. Mencken: biting satire, sharp wit




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Counter-conservatism

  • Prohibition: 18th Amendment 1919

    • Drinking declines, but law unenforceable

  • Strikes & Bombs: 4,000 strikes; Seattle

    • Shipyard strike; bombings; Boston police strike – Calvin Coolidge

  • Red Scare: Palmer Raids arrest 5,000

    • Patriotic organizations: American Legion

  • Sacco-Vanzetti trial: anarchists executed





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Counter-conservatism

  • The 2nd Ku Klux Klan: anti Black, Jew, Catholic, foreigner. Small towns values

  • Black Nationalism & Marcus Garvey

    • UNIA, black solidarity, Black Star Line

  • Immigration restrictions: Quota Act 1924

  • Religious Intolerance: Scopes Trial

  • Growth of Religious fundamentalism

    • Religious radio shows, Billy Holiday

    • Amie McPherson & the Four Square Church