Prohibition Reformers saw alcohol as a problem Many temperance movements worked to ban alcohol Frances Willard- one of the most outspoken temperance movement advocates By 1919 the U.S. ratified the 18th amendment to ban the manufacture and sell of alcohol
The repeal Many Americans felt that the U.S. was trying to force morality on them Critics urged that the legal liquor industry would provide jobs for Americans Many refused to accept the ban on alcohol. Crime is encouraged due to bootlegging, Al Capone…etc. Speakeasies –establishments that illegally sold alchol were abundant In 1933 the 18th amendment is overturned and the 21st amendment allowed alcohol in the U.S.
Scopes Monkey Trial 1920 the big argument between the theory of evolution and the story of Creation in the Bible Many argued that the story of Creation was false States tried to ban the teaching of evolution in school. 1925 John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution and was put on trial This trial drew media attention William Jennings Bryan was the prosecutor and Clarence Darrow defended Scopes.
Scopes This case was the first to broadcasted on the radio Scopes was found guilty and fined $1.00 which was later set side
Immigration 1910 Eastern and Southern Europeans made up 70 percent of America Many Americans saw immigrants without skill and education as a threat to the U.S. economy New immigrants settled in big cities and needed education Immigration acts of 1921, 1924, 1929 were designed to keep out Eastern and Southern Europeans
Eugenics Belief in the Anglo Saxon race of blue eyes and blond hair were common Eugenics- a pseudo science that believed the human race could be improved by breeding A leading proponent was Charles Davenport-advised against the mentally ill producing children Eugenics led to forced sterilization among immigrants, segregation laws and marriage restrictions