Best and Worst of Times: 1920s

By Shannon and Tiara

The refreshing river that led to a waterfall.

The Worst of Times

Public hositility, failure of many strikes to achieve workers' goals, and exclusive politics of many unions: such as the AFL excluding women, African Americans, and most immigrants, caused unions to lose public support and membership.

Due to various Supreme Court decisions, such as restricting unions' right to boycott a business that fought unionization, declaring unconstitutional a federal child labor law, and rejecting a Washington, D.C., law that established a minimum wage for women workers - caused unions to weaken.

The Palmer Raids proved unorthodox and dangerous, putting immigrants at risk and went against basic rights.

The Palmer Raids went against civil liberties, and paired with the Red Scare, this urged Americans to grow wary of one another.

The fear of radicalism overshadowed concerns about abuses of civil liberties. Leading to various mobs beating up known socialists. One case involved a mob seizing a Wobbly and hanging them from a bridge.

Anti-immigrant feelings played a role in the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, leading them to hang their victims.

African Americans continued to face discrimination, even though they'd just served in World War I.

Asian immigrants faced severe legal discrimination. Barred from becoming citizens and, in several states, from owning land. Many states also banned marriages between whites and Asians.

The Best of Times

In the 1920's, women fought very hard to get their right to vote and for the first time in history they finally got that right!

In the 1920's, a group of pacifists and social activists founded at the american civil liberties union to protect the Freedom of speech.

Lots of new art were introduced in the 1920's. New music was formed with new dances and new literature, don't forget the new art! The rave was out and the game was going strong!

Cars were also way more affordable with the new inventions of Ford helping them. Cars were priced up to $290!

There was a breakthrough with better work productivity when the conveyor belt was improved by 50 year old, Henry Ford.

Calvin Coolidge promotes business in August 3rd 1923, Calvin Coolidge was the US President at the time.

Washington Naval Conference was promoting peace through disarmament in 1921. President Harding responded to Americans who wanted world peace. He did this by inviting representatives from Britain, France, Italy, and Japan to Washington to discuss naval disarmament or weapons reduction.

Big businesses grew larger, due to the wave of consolidation.