Top hits of the 1920's

By: Ben Ellis, Kayci Moore and Dylan Mays

Politics and Government

The expansion of government activities during the World War 1 was reversed during the 1920s. During the 1920s, three Republicans occupied the White House; Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. It was an era of Republican leadership, nationalistic and fundamentalist movements, and changing social conventions. In the 1920s the government did very little to help the American public workers, they were in the pockets of big business. When the Great Depression hit the government still did not do anything. When things got worse people turned to the government for help and they did nothing for them. Roosevelt promised he would make a better effort to fix the country when he first elected. He focused on the three R's after the depress; Relief, Recovery and Reform. The three R's effect many acts the government enforced.

Social/Human Interest

social/ human interests during the roaring twenties was the interest in becoming a fan of baseball, a commentator, and news publisher. Baseball was a big ham interest as well as a big social interest because going to the games and other outings opened up opportunities for business and other things of that nature. Baseball was a way of getting away from the troubles that existed during this time of headship and high crime occurring. Other interests that people took part in was getting cars. many people looked into the Chevrolet car company to get cats because who doesn't like getting a classic Chevrolet car. In the 1920s era people did a lot of partying and this brought people to start investing in getting new styles of apparel to show off at the parties. Movies and films were another interest during the roaring twenties time period.


The Roaring Twenties started off with the hardships of the labor union. Many strikes were took place all around the U.S in the early 20's. The labor turmoil and the difficulties back to the peace time cause a short recession. But, that would soon change. The Commerce Seceratery, Herbert Hoover, convinced major industial companies to increase wages and productions in order to get the economy out of the huge hole it was in. The explotion of new major industries and robust advancements such as technology steadily increased the stock market. It was an easy time to get rich. Buisinesses all around were booming. From small to large, corporations were exceeding stocks substanially. But, agricultural rates still came in flat. Rural areas were not well affected by this boom as much as the urban areas. Farms slowling progressed. Technology didnt hit them until roughly around mid to late 1920's. Once 1929 came, The Great Depression soon took affect. With the stock market crashing, billions of dollars were left without a trace. The modern areas quickly fell to equal grounds as that of the rural areas.


In the 1920s religion was still politicaly important and although many cultures from all over the world were already in America at that time Christianity took a dim view of them as multiculturalism was not something to be proud of in those times. Christianity was the dominant religion in America, mainly Prodestant. However, many religions new to Aericans were coming into the country at this time such as Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. Some found these people and their traditions interesting and resulted in some 'forign' religions to set up centres in America and but for the most part they were looked down upon by the Christian population.


The 1920s served as a progressive time period for the field of education. The 1920s was a time of healing and rebuilding/ strengthening and that is what happen in the field of education. John Dewey was a major influence in the progressive movement of education. Schools back then focused more on skills involving writing, reading, and math while in the classroom. The classes back then were more of a smaller size. In the the 1920s there was still reminiscence of racism/ segregation. The segregation in schools mean't that the kids were separated. Education in the roaring twenties progressed and continued to show growth and development in America.


Much crime and other outbreaks occurred during the nineteen twenties up to the nineteen thirties because of the segregation issue that was taking place in America. During the roaring twenties a gang came about in Harlem, New York. The gangs went about transporting, buying and selling drugs. The prohibition laws that America ratified really opened up the criminal activity in the country. Not only were the prohibition laws a big contribution to crime in the US but the economic depression that was occurring as well. Big time criminal figures that existed during this time were Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Bonnie and Clyde.


One of the major issue in the 1920s was the movement of the Klu Klux Klan. Also known as the KKK. This movement was a rebellion against blacks. It became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party's Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. Congress passed a legislation designed to curb the Klan but all it did was motivate them to see it as white supremacy. This klan was full of white angry men that did not want anything to do with black men. They were farmers and business men. The klan burned down crosses, bombed school and churches of the blacks. They started rallies and parades so they would get their point accross that black men did not belong where white men where. This was horrible movement towards the blacks. It is a stab in the back for what Lincoln worked hard for which was the abolishing of slavery. The government should have done more about this movement for it to stop and for the 1920s to be in peace.

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