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The Roaring 20’s. Prohibition, Bootleggers, Flappers, Monkeys, and Baseball…and then the party ends…. “Silent Cal” Becomes President. “The business of America is Business” Coolidge believed in little government intervention in the economy Said very little.

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the roaring 20 s

The Roaring 20’s

Prohibition, Bootleggers, Flappers, Monkeys, and Baseball…and then the party ends…

silent cal becomes president
“Silent Cal” Becomes President
  • “The business of America is Business”
    • Coolidge believed in little government intervention in the economy
  • Said very little

In history in times when we have a period of loss of faith in our government it is often followed by a rebellious reaction.

Era of Trust Titans & Robber Barons Progressive Era

Era of Scandals & Fears Roaring Twenties

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, A Few Figs From Thistles
victorian fashion of 19 th century
Victorian Fashion of 19th Century


Notice the ankles showing!!!

  • Short permed hair
  • Swingy, flowy skirts & dresses
  • Flashy, gaudy jewelry


  • Sleek hair
  • Smart, stylish tuxedoes


sports headlines
Sports Headlines
  • “Boxing Match Witnessed by 19,650!”
  • “Grown Men Spending Their Time Knocking a Little White Ball Along the Ground Scoffed At”
  • “Harvard Beats Yale!”
  • “World Series Pitcher Sold to Yanks to Finance Play”
sports become immensely popular especially because of the mass production of radios
Sports Become immensely popular, especially because of the mass production of radios

Jack Dempsey

Bobby Jones

Red Grange

Babe Ruth

1919 world series
1919 World Series
  • Eddie Ciccote, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Chick Gandil, et al
  • Sharp shift in betting odds
  • White Sox became underdogs against Reds

Throwing the game away

1921 confessions brandedthese men forever as the “Black Sox”

radio and the movies
Radio and the Movies
  • First radio station = KDKA (Pittsburgh)—1920
  • NBC = first radio network (1926)
  • Average annual movie attendance = 90 million
  • The advent of “talkies” (1927)
  • Disney pioneers in the arena of animation and sound (1928)

Charlie Chaplin

  • The race to build higher
  • The Chrysler Building (1929-1930)
  • The Empire State Building (1931)
  • Skyscrapers offered new opportunities for women professionally
    • Secretaries, Receptionists
fitzgerald v hemingway
Fictitious works on characters based on himself

Had one great love; Zelda

Died believing himself a failure

Greatest accomplishment: The Great Gatsby

Work was largely autobiographical, but under the guise of “fiction”

Preferred Europe over his native country

Married several times, took many lovers

Fitzgerald v. Hemingway
media influences society
Media Influences Society
  • Newspapers – people had an alarming amount of faith in the newspapers
  • Every morning Babbit would read the daily newspaper to know what kind of attitude he should have to fit in with society

“Well, there’s a smiling face, a fireplace, a cozy room; a little nest that’s nestled where the roses bloom. Just Molly and me, and baby makes three... We’re happy in my blue heaven”

  • What do you think the song is about?
Bedrooms: 2Full Bath(s): 1Sq. Ft.: 1120Stories: 1

Bungalow Style

Architectually Designed

Falling Waters – Frank Lloyd Wright

Describe who was most likely to live in each one of these houses from the 1920s.


1. Charles Lindbergh (May 20, 1927)- Lindbergh became a national hero when he became the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Prohibition (January

16, 1920)- This amendment (the 18th) to the constitution prohibited the sale, manufacture and transportation of liquor. In 1933, the 21st amendment repealed (canceled out) the Prohibition of alcohol.

Prohibition was a failure because people refused to comply with the new law. People would go to Speakeasies (places where liquor was illegally sold) to buy alcohol. In addition, Prohibition helped create the Mafia and made Al Capone a hero. Capone was finally convicted of tax evasion and sent to Alcatraz.
Evolutionism vs. Creationism

a. Scopes Trial (Monkey Trial)- IN 1925, John T. Scopes (a high school biology teacher) was put on trial for teaching evolution. Scopes hired Clarence Darrow (like Johnny Cochran) to defend him. The debate was supposed to be over a teacher’s right to choose what to teach, but turned into what scientific theory was right: Evolutionism or Creationism.