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Rapping up the 1920s. Lost generation. Rejected the quest for material possessions Some left the United States to Europe F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway. Harlem Renaissance. Cultural center for African Americans 50,000 in 1914 to 200,000 in 1930

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lost generation
Lost generation
  • Rejected the quest for material possessions
  • Some left the United States to Europe
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway
harlem renaissance
Harlem Renaissance
  • Cultural center for African Americans
    • 50,000 in 1914 to 200,000 in 1930
  • National center for Jazz & African American writing
  • James Weldon & Langston Hughes
bootlegging
Bootlegging
  • Speakeasies – bars that operated illegally
  • Al Capone
    • $60 million from bootlegging
    • Bought police, judges & city officials
    • Convicted of income-tax evasion
racial tension
Racial tension
  • Riots in Omaha, Tulsa & Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
    • 17 year old boy floated into the white section of the beach
    • White man throws rock at boy and he drowns
    • 23 Africans Americans & 15 whites dead which brings the total number of Americans dead to 38
    • 537 wounded
  • Revival of the Klan
red scare an intense fear of communism
Red Scarean intense fear of communism
  • Russian revolution (Communism)
    • Government owned all and property
    • Single political party controlled the gov’t
    • Needs of the country took priority over the rights of individuals
  • Americans thought the same could happen here
    • Anti-European feelings spread across U.S.
sacco vanzetti controversy
Sacco & Vanzetti controversy
  • Gunmen robbed and killed the guard and paymaster of a shoe factory
  • Two Italian immigrants were arrested
  • Sacco’s gun was used
  • Vanzetti was probably innocent
  • Both were sent to the electric chair seven years later
teapot dome scandal
Teapot Dome Scandal
  • Harding enjoyed strong popularity
  • One official had stolen government funds
  • Others had taken bribes for getting contracts passed and laws passed
  • Several other officials were accused of wrong-doings two committed suicide
  • Sec. of Interior Albert Fall
    • Gave oil-drilling rights to two private companies to drill oil in Elk Hills, CA and Teapot Dome WY
scopes monkey trial 1 st trial broadcasted over radio
Scopes monkey trial1st trial broadcasted over radio
  • Evolution on trial (Clarence Darrow)
    • Theory states that human beings and all other living species developed over time from simpler life forms
  • Fundamentalist (William Jennings Bryant)
    • Contradicted the history of creation in the bible
  • William Jennings Bryant died three days later
  • John Scopes was found guilty
1919 world series
1919 World Series
  • White Sox = “Black Sox”
  • Betting odds suddenly switches
  • White Sox lose in eight games
  • Eight men were accused of fixing the series
    • Joe Jackson .375, Weaver .324, Gandil game deciding hits in game 3 & 4, Cicotte pitched on one game to keep the Sox from elimination
  • Later acquitted, but all eight were banned from baseball
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