1920's Research Project
By: Emma Flores
Red Scare: The Sacco and Vanzetti Case
A red scare is a promotion of dear of a potential rise of communism or radical leftism. The First Red Scare was about a worker, or a socialist, revolution and political radicalism. People were only afraid of communism because of the revolution that was to happen. Communism is a political theory that was derived by Karl Marx recommending class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid based off of their work.
Automobile I: The Life and Times of Henry Ford
Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the inventor of the car company Ford, and the sponsor of the world famous assembly line. Henry Ford created society's first affordable car, which was called the Model T. His impact on society was very positive because he enabled others to have the ability to drive and own a car so that they can travel further and make pleasurable memories.
Automobile II: The New World of Automobility
In 1920, the automobile industry increased rapidly, thanks to Henry Ford for making an affordable car. The growth of the automobile industry created an economic revolution throughout America. Cars changed the way of society because people were able to work in different cities and travel with their families.
The Mass Media I: Radio
The radio was one of the most popular inventions in the 1920's. The radio created fun and entertaining times for people. People were able to listen to news and music while driving. It was a convenience because people could have things in common with others from across the country!
The Mass Media II: The Birth of Movie and Movie Stars
Movies weren't your average movies as today. They were in black and white, and silent! The growth of movies created the growth of movie stars! The most famous movie star was Charlie Chapplin. He was more famous than the president! Movies created a positive impact on society because it was another fun source of entertainment.
Changing Roles of Woman
Although there were many dramatic changes throughout the 1920's, women had the most change. Women were showing more skin, cutting their hair short, and showing rebellious actions by smoking and partying. Women would go out to parties and dance a certain dance called the Charleston. They received their name "Flappers" due to the way they flapped their arms as if they had wings while dancing.
Evolution and the Scopes Trial
Religious Fundamentalism began in the 1920's due to the changing of society and rise of modern theories. It showed the wanting of old American religious values. The Scopes Trial showed the tensions of rising Modernists and Fundamentalists. Religion clashed with science because science believed in humans involving from apes. Whereas religion, believes that humans evolved from God creating the whole world, the whole story of Adam and Eve and so on.
Unfortunately, racism is still involved in America at this time. Racism is the belief that all and every single member of a race possesses characteristics and/or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. During the 1920's, an organization named the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) started riots and tortured and killed African Americans, gays and lesbians, and Jews. African Americans were mostly targeted.
Jazz styles significantly evolved with an inner necessity characteristic of any true art form. There is ragtime, classic jazz ,hot jazz, Chicago style, swing, Kansas style, gypsy jazz, bebop, vocalize, mainstream, cool, hard bop, and bossa nova.
Jazz Age II
Louis Armstrong, an American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music. One of his most famous songs was "What A Wonderful World".
Painters of the Harlem Renaissance
Lois Mailou Jones was a student at the School of Museum Fine Art, during a strong time of discrimination against African Americans,
The poets of the Harlem Renaissance
Langston Hughes was a poet who spoke about how it feels to be an African American during the 1920 time period.
Heroes of American Aviation
Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. unfortunately she went missing and has not returned since.
One of the most famous MLB sports players was Babe Ruth.
One of the main crime bosses in Chicago was Al Capone. He was infamous for his well known speakeasies.
Racism and Nativism in the 1920s
The KKK had a huge impact during the 1920s because they increased population with more Americans joining. They targeted Jews, immigrants, and African Americans.
The Comprehensive Immigration Law of 1924 limited and restricted immigrants from entering the country.