2.28 – The Roaring Twenties

Readings

J. Zeitz, Fitzgerald and the 1920s

History.com, Harlem Renaissance

American in Class, Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

History.com, Prohibition

Smithsonian Magazine, Flappers

Discussion questions

What was the condition of the American economy in the 1920s?

What were some of the modern technological advances that changed the ways Americans lived in the 1920s?

What were some of the major challenges to traditional American values that emerged during the 1920s? How did new attitudes towards music, sex, and fashion change American life in the 1920s?

How did more conservative groups in U.S. life respond to those challenges?

In your view, is the ‘Roaring Twenties’ a good title for this decade?

 

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