The Roaring 20's

An examination of social, political, and economic change.

Prompt:

Explain how a revolution in communications and transportation technology helped to create a new mass culture and spread “modern” values and ideas, even as cultural conflicts between groups increased under the pressure of migration, world wars, and economic distress.

Task

You will explore the 1920's through a focus of two elements in the "Birth of a Mass Culture" and the "Culture Civil War" through political, economic, and social changes in a post-war society.

Choice: Discuss one of the fads OR heroes of the era. Include an image of the fad/hero and a brief description regarding the significance during the 1920s era.

Fads/Heroes: Create list of the significance of the fad or individual

Fads came into the 1920s as a result of an excess of leisure time for the middle and upper classes.
  • Dance Marathons
  • Flagpole Sitting
  • Publication of Time & Readers Digest
  • Est. of the sport of Football
Heroes

Charles Lindbergh

Charlie Chaplin

Babe Ruth

Birth of a Mass Culture

Look at the outlined items below to examine how two of these items created the “Birth of a Mass Culture”.

  • Advertising
  • Radios
  • Movies
  • Automobiles
  • "Lost Generation" Writers: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner

Culture Civil War:

After examining the options below, examine how two of these created the “Culture of Civil War” in the Roaring Twenties.


  • Return to Normalcy
  • 100% Americanism
  • "Noble Experiment"- Prohibition, 18th Amendment, Al Capone, Gangs, Speakeasies
  • Scopes Trial
  • The Great Migration
  • Jazz Age/Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes, Rudolf Fisher
  • Red Scare: Palmer Raids, Emergency Quota Act, Sacco and Vanzetti
  • New Woman: Flapper, 19th Amendment

Economic Status: Identify the key elements that led to the booming economy and the decline of the economy in the U.S. in 1920.

  • How did the mass culture stimulate the economy during the 1920s?
  • What areas of the culture led to the downturn of the economic stability of the US in the 1920s?

Final Response: This should be in paragraph form. A clear thesis and evidence needs to be presented for points to be given!

Explain how a revolution in communications and transportation technology helped to create a new mass culture and spread “modern” values and ideas, even as cultural conflicts between groups increased under the pressure of migration, world wars, and economic distress.

Bibliography

Here, you will submit your list of resources.

If you do not include citations, your work will not be graded.