The Roaring 20’s. Essential Questions: How did World War I affect post-war politics and create an atmosphere of fear? What were the cultural and social changes in American during the 20’s? How did spending and irresponsibility lead to the economic crisis during the 30’s?.
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Roaring 20’s Unit
- Mitchell Palmer – Attorney General of the United States leads the attack against communists
- J. Edgar Hoover – Special Assistant to Mitchell
May 1920 – Sacco & Vanzetti were arrested and charged with the robbery and murder of a factory paymaster and guard in South Braintree, MA (both were admitted anarchists)
Sacco and Vanzetti
“In all my life I have never stole, never killed, never spilled blood…We were tried during a time…when there was hysteria of resentment and hate against the people of our principles, against the foreigner…I am suffering because I am a radical; I have suffered because I was an Italian and indeed I am an Italian…If you could execute me two times, and if I could be reborn two other times, I would live again to do what I have done already.”~ Bartolomea Vanzetti
The Characters standing are the President of Harvard University (middle), President of MIT, and a former judge named Grant. All known for the prejudice feelings.
This case came to symbolize the rift between immigrants and native-born Americans at the time