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What were the High Points & Low Points of 1920's Culture & Society?. Booming Business & Stock Market Big money is made by big industrialists Automobile, oil, and steel New technology creates new jobs Little government regulation allows industry to grow faster. Uneven Prosperity
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Big money is made by big industrialists
Automobile, oil, and steel
New technology creates new jobs
Little government regulation allows industry to grow faster
Farmers lost money when Europe recovers from WWI
Stop buying American farm products
Coal miners suffer because oil replaces coal as a source of energy
Railroads lose business due to cars and trucks
Labor unions suffer due to government hands off approach1920’s Economics
Young women who rebelled against tradition
Short hair, short dresses, smoking, and bootleg alcohol
Other fads include:
Flagpole sitting, dance marathons, the Charleston (dance)
Fear of Communism & Anarchy (people who oppose the government)
Communist leaders (Lenin/USSR) called for workers everywhere to overthrow their governments
Americans saw strikes across the nation as the start of a communist revolution (Red Scare)
During the Red Scare, thousands were arrested1920’s Life & Times
new brand of music is appreciated by all
Rebirth of African American culture
Langston Hughes was the best known poet of the era
Writes about the experiences of African Americans
African Americans face widespread prejudice
Rebirth of KKK
Racial tensions cause rioting in big cities
Return of nativism (anti-foreign feeling)
Quota system limits the amount of immigrants that can enter the U.S.
System favored immigrants from N. Europe over W. Europe1920’s Art & Social Attitudes
New freedoms for women
Jazz & classic literature
Increased racism & nativism
Tough times for farmers & Unions
Fear of communism & anarchyConclusion
What were the HIGH points & LOW points of 1920’s culture and society?
Arrested for Indecent Exposure
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
Eat in the kitchen,
Besides, they’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
Words & Music by Cole Porter 1927
In olden days a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking Now heaven knows, anything goes Good authors too who once knew better words Now only use four letter words writing prose Anything goes
The man who builds a factory builds a temple.
The man who works there worships there”