Al Smith and the Election of 1928
Birth of a Nation
, Nativism & The return of the Ku Klux Klan (causes) Bootlegging and Organized Crime, Speakeasies and prohibition Mass Consumption & Mass Production. Mass media. Modernism and the root of social changes Prohibition & the impact of Prohibition (speakeasies, organized crime, etc) Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge & the Business of America -
(reading) Speakeasies , Bootlegging and the 18 th Amendment Jazz music Urban/Rural (liberal/conservative) divide Divergent viewpoints on WWI and its influence on the 1920s (rural vs. urban)…
The Modern Temper
(reading) The influence of advertising and radio on the emerging mass market The Ohio Gang & the corruption under Harding (Tea Pot Dome) Warren G. Harding & the ‘return to normalcy’ Flappers Einstein as causing a shift in perception/reality Henry Ford and the Model T Hoover as Secretary of Commerce and Isolationism & the post-war period Influence of Immigration and the Great Migration & Harlem William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, and the Scopes Trial Election of 1928 as representative of the socio cultural divide in the nation Xenophobia, Nativism, & anti-immigrant feeling Quota Laws & Emergency Immigration Act We have examined the 1920s both in detail and as an idea. Be aware of the 1920s as a
…a period of alienation extending from the war, and the rapid paced shift to a modern America. These rapid shifts caused various reactions in rural areas and urban areas. Try to understand why these changes in society caused the divergent perspectives on society (liberal minded/conservative minded). How is the concept of “cultural miscegenation” displayed in the 1920s? Choose one example and explain in depth. How did the economic decisions of the 1920s help lead to the Great Depression? What is the Second Industrial Revolution? What makes it possible? The sense of alienation following World War I led to a transformation of American society in the 1920s to be more starkly divided between urban and rural values. Choose an event or events that display this divide and an explain them.