The Nineteen Twenties. Background Facts. * 106,521,537 people in the United States * 2,132,000 unemployed, Unemployment 5.2% * Life expectancy: Male 53.6, Female 54.6 * 343.000 in military (down from 1,172,601 in 1919) * Average annual earnings $1236; Teacher's salary $970
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Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves
Blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
The scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
for the rain to gatherfor the wind to suckfor the sun to rotfor the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
Juke Box Love Song
I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem's heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day--
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.
6. African Americans and other minorities made significant progress in the 1920’s in regard to achieving greater equality.
7. U.S. foreign policy in the 1920’s had reverted back to Isolationism even though the rise of Fascism began to pose threats around the world.
8. The late twenties saw an explosion of cultural achievement among African-Americans in northern cities.
9. Overall crime rates declined in the nineteen twenties.
10. The Scopes Trial was seen as a victory of religious faith over modern science.