Politics of the Roaring Twenties. US History Mr. Ishmael. United States: 1920 – Warren G. Harding is elected President (He died in 1923) 1927 – Henry Ford introduces the Model A. automobile. World: 1921 - Chinese Communist party is founded in Shanghai.
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Main Idea: A desire for normalcy after the war and a fear of communism and “foreigners” led to postwar isolationism.
Why it Matters Now: Americans today continue to debate political isolationism and immigration policy.
Sacco and Vanzetti
John L. Lewis
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Main Idea: The Harding administration appealed to America’s desire for calm and peace after the war, but resulted in scandal.
Why it Matters Now: The government must guard against scandal and corruption to merit public trust.
Teapot Dome Scandal
Warren G. Harding
Charles Evans Hughes
Albert B. Fall
Main Idea: Consumer goods fueled the business boom of the 1920’s as America’s standard of living soared.
Why it Matters Now: Business, technological, and social developments of the 1920’s launched the era of modern consumerism.