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  1. Post War Society Return to Normalcy The Lost Generation Counter-Conservatism

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Ernest Hemingway

  5. F. Scott Fitzgerald

  6. 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

  7. Prohibition: Volstead Act of 1920

  8. Sacco-Vanzetti Trial

  9. Marcus Garvey

  10. 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