Flashback to the 1920's

By: Sydnie Walters

Prohibition

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/prohibition

Prohibition: The action of prohibiting. "The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution-which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors." It was hard for most people to enforce this law because of how long it had been around. Speakeasies were created so they could sell/drink liquor illegally. In early 1933 the 21st Amendment was made to repeal the 18th Amendment. A negative about this is violence had broken out and people were illegally selling alcohol. A positive was that it had stopped a lot of trouble.

19th Amendment

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/19th-amendment

19th Amendment: Gave the woman the right to vote. August 18th, 1920 is when the 19th Amendment was passed. Women were not as equal as men were, so it was a pretty huge deal. "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott and other activists, formed organizations that raised public awareness and lobbied the government to to grant voting rights to women." After 70 years these groups had finally earned the 19th Amendment. A positive from this is women had finally earned some equal rights, although today we are still not as equal we have some of the same rights as men.

Al Capone

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/al-capone

Al Capone had dropped out of school when he was 12, and started working in the bowling alley. he had joined a gang after, he was known as one of the biggest/hardest thug out there. But he wasn't just that, he had started soup kitchens during the depression, he had gotten free milk for school kids. In 1932, he was founded guilty for tax evasion and was sentenced for 8 years. Surprisingly this was the only thing he had gotten busted for. During his time prohibition had started. A negative out of Al Capone is he had done tax evasions and he had killed several men and had never gotten busted. But some positives out of him was he was trying to help other out there. And tax evasions don't happen as much now.
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Racial Unrest

Source: American Journey Text book

Racial Unrest has began because of a young African American that was stoned while swimming in Lake Michigan. African Americans and White Gangs roamed the cities for attacking each other for about two weeks. African American men and woman had gone to M. Garvey for advice and help. He had founded the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in 1914. This group had helped African American men and women build up in the world, help them build business and help them become pretty successful. In my perspective again this is a positive. This is a positive because it has shown how Americans have changed and became more open minded. It shows how successful African Americans have came from working hard.

Revival of the KKK

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan

KKK: is a secret society in the southern U.S. that focuses on white supremacy and terrorizes other groups. An example of the Ku Klux Klan is a group of usually men who are anti-black, anti-christian and anti-Semitic. Some of these men were usually ex confederate soldiers and some were ex slave patrol men. At night they would like to capture African American men who had just gotten out of slavery, and would torture them. This was a negative because of the fact that men were killing, and torturing innocent American Americans because they didn't like them/there skin color. A positive out of this is America has changed a ton and aren't as racial as they were in the 1920's.

Scopes Trail

Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/monkey-trial-begins

"In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law." The law passed in March stating "teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that the man has descended from a lower order of animals." And Scopes did exactly the opposite of what they were told to teach. I think that this trial was sort of a positive. I believe it was a positive because, it helped us look at religion more, and teach us that we can't go around preaching the bible because there will be people who will go against it.

Consumer Economy

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties

1920-1929 the nations total wealth doubled more. The USA then became a "consumer society", this changed the way people lived from coast to coast. Americans were uncomfortable with the change, change has always been bad to Americans. Both positives and negatives came out of this. It is a good thing that America is doing really well, but it seems that the adjustment to money and wealth was difficult for some.