Roaring 20's



Sharecroppers in the 1920's worked for a fraction of the land and sold the crops in town. They did not get to experience the economic boom of the 20's. They could not purchase all of the new technology available at that time.


Bootleggers were people who made, or imported, alcohol to sell to illegal clubs called speakeasies. Competition between bootleggers led to a high crime rate.


During prohibition, the police had little control over the bootleggers and speakeasies. There were not enough cops to outnumber the amount of bootleggers and speakeasies. Many cops were employed by bootleggers and they were paid to look the other way and pretend they didn't see it happening.
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Jazz was a type of music influenced by African American tradition. It started in New Orleans by African American musicians and then spread throughout the country. It was the most popular kind of music in the 1920's. Some of the most famous musicians of this time were Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Bessie Smith was a jazz singer. Louis Armstrong was one of the best jazz musicians of all time. He wrote music, played instruments, and could sing.
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19th Amendment

The 19th amendment was passed in 1920. It gave all women the right to vote.
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The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a time of great achievement for African Americans. Through art, writing, and music, African Americans could share their feelings. They wanted people to understand and I experience the lives of African Americans in order to help bring an end to prejudice and unfair treatment.


Marconi invinted the Radio .The radio helped business grow because the company could put ad's on the radio and the people who were listening would sometimes buy the product.
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Mass Media And American Culture