Traveling Through History

Michael Faraday/1920s

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday is a famous physicist who has made many great discoveries in the world of science. When he was a kid he had to learn things by going to the library and reading books because his parents wouldn't help him. Now he has made such an impact in the study of science.

Michael Faraday has made many great discoveries including the rotation of light on a polarized plane. He met a guy named Humphry Davy who was also a great physicist. Faraday went to many of Davy's speeches and made note. Then one day he made enough notes and sent them back to Humphry Davy asking for a job with him. Humphry let him have the job and then when he started working with Faraday which lead to many great ideas. According to Britannica one time Mr. Davy was asked what his greatest discovery was and he said "Michael Faraday was."

With many great ideas, Faraday brought many great discoveries. He built an electro-static machine in 1805. Then in 1820 Mr. Faraday discovered the principles behind the electric motor. Later in his life in 1831 he made his biggest discovery of electromagnetic induction. Michael Faraday was a giant contribution to modern day science, and now we have something called the "Faraday Effect". The reason behind that name is because in 1845 he discovered the magneto-optical effect. With data from Shapes of Society I also found out he conducted multiple experiments culminating the discovery of electro-magnetic rotation.

Prohibition in the 1920s

With the coming of the 20th century brought many great problems including the conflict of prohibition. Prohibition is the ban of making and transporting alcoholic beverages illegally. The struggle to enforce prohibition continued from 1920 to 1933.

The enforcement of prohibition helped solve many problems. Prohibition lowered the amount of gang violence, and also helped decrease the number of illegal drinking spots (speakeasies). Many people tried to smuggle alcohol and liquor into private homes. Other people illegally made moonshine in hidden places in the woods. A gangster with the name "Al Capone" earned a staggering amount of $60 million annually from bootlegging. According to, prohibition was more enforced in more sympathetic areas where the population was better with the legislation.

With the data from Ohio State Unviersity I learned that many saloonkeepers were fired and their saloons were shut down due to new prohibition laws. Many Americans thought that saloons were considered offensive and noxious institutions because of the vulgar and nasty environment around saloons. In the earlier 1920s the consumption of alcohol was about 30% of the pre-prohibition levels, but later in the 1920s levels started to rise again due to the new generation disregarding the laws. With help from prohibition leaders the fight to end alcohol was almost over.