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Our Units of Study » UNIT 7: A New Role in the World » Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties

Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties

Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties




In the last chapter we learned about World War I, and ended with a discussion of how the war changed attitudes at home, led to disillusionment about the world and how the Versailles Treaty would create problems abroad. In this Chapter, we debate the “Roaring Twenties”. In many ways, the decade was roaring—cities boomed, cars crowded the streets, fashions and fads changed, jazz was on the radio and people were breaking Prohibition laws. In other ways, though, much of the country was not as ready to welcome these changes, and considered any of these cultural shifts as troubling--even dangerous. Outside of cities, many in rural America fought these changes. Nationwide, the KKK saw resurgence as many fought immigration and cultural changes and saw many of these new cultural attitudes as part of a larger “culture war”. Whether or not the decade deserves the moniker of “roaring”, the boom of the twenties would not last.


Chapter 22 Essential Questions


·         What effect did WWI have on American culture?

·         What problems at home and abroad challenged the nation after WWI?

·         How did social change and social conflict mark the 1920s?

·         What arts & culture symbolized the Jazz Age?

·         What economic problems threatened the economic boom of the 1920s?

·         How did the nation as a whole react to change in the 1920s?


Chapter 22 Essential Vocabulary


Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

·         Warren Harding

·         Calvin Coolidge

·         Disarmament

·         Communism

·         Anarchist

·         Sacco & Vanzetti

·         Prohibition

·         Bootlegger

·         Speakeasy

·         18th, 19th and 21st amendments

·         Flapper

·         Scopes Trial

·         Marcus Garvey

·         Charles Lindbergh

·         Sinclair Lewis

·         Langston Hughes

·         Jazz

·         F. Scott Fitzgerald

·         Ernest Hemingway

·         George Gershwin

·         Harlem Renaissance


·         Credit/installment buying

·         Bull market

·         Buying on margin

·         Herbert Hoover

Related Files

    pdf History of US: Prohibition (pdf file - 443 KB)
    pdf History of US: Red Scare (pdf file - 383 KB)
    pdf History of US: Babe Ruth (pdf file - 681 KB)
    pdf History of US: Music (pdf file - 1.13 MB)
    pdf History of US: Rocket Science (pdf file - 552 KB)
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Related Links
    » Woody Guthrie Song--You Souls of Boston
    Woody Guthrie recording about the false imprisonment, trial and execution of Sacco & Vanzetti.
    » Woodie Guthrie Song: Two Good Men
    Known as the voice of the common man, Woody Guthrie sang songs about the poor, oppressed and oft forgotten groups in American society. In 'Two Good Men', he points out the injustice done to Sacco & Vanzetti, who were falsely accused of robbery and murder, many felt because they were foreign with ties to the Anarchist party in Italy.
    » Biography: Warren G. Harding
    » Visit to President Harding's Home
    » History Channel's The Presidents: Wilson to FDR
    » Communism Explained
    » Harlem Renaissance from A to Z
    » The Harlem Renaissance
    » America's Time: Boom to Bust

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