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The Roaring Twenties

The 'Roaring Twenties' helped set the tone for the rest of the century: mass consumer culture and fads, Prohibition-inspired gangsters, the automobile, debates on evolution, immigration restrictions, and econimic decline in rural America.


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Lesson Plans:

Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights
In this lesson students learn how Birth of a Nation reflected and influenced racial attitudes, and they analyze and evaluate the efforts of the NAACP to prohibit showing of the film

NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaigns: The Quest for Social Justice in the Interwar Years
Curriculum Unit Overview: During the years 1909 to 1939, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sought passage of anti-lynching legislation. Although this proposed legislation failed to become law, much can be learned by examining the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign about how Americans in the interwar period understood the federal system, interpreted the Constitution, and responded to calls for social justice.

Twenties Magazine Project - Cross curricular lesson plan with literature, art and history. Students are to create a magazine covering aspects of culture, politics, arts, music, lifestyles and the like from the 1920's. This lesson has a rubric and an assignment sheet.

The Harlem Renaissance - Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s. Focuses on the Harlem Renaissance.

Pacificism vs. Patriotism in the 20s - This lesson plan will allow students to understand the philosophy of The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) toward war and disarmament; to explore the atmosphere of the "Red Scare" and its impact on peace organizations; to examine the DAR's opposition to pacifism and disarmament

The Music of the Roaring Twenties - Download music clips from the 1920s. Artists include Al Jolson, Sid Gary, Eddie Cantor, Fannie Brice.

Primary Source Documents:

Red Scare (1918-1921) Image Databaset - RED SCARE is an image database about the period in the history of the United States immediately following World War I. The dates are approximately from the Armistice in November of 1918 to the collapse of hyper-inflation in mid-1920. It relies entirely on the contemporary visual record of that time. The first quarter of the 20th Century was a period rich in this form of material from newspapers to illustrated magazines.
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USHistorySite Extension: Red Scare Cartoons, good compliment to above lesson.

The Monkey Trial, Tennessee v. John Scopes - Website dedicated to the Scopes Trial, with primary source documents, including images, newspaper clippings, eye-witness accounts, journal entries, the anti-evolution statute (House Bill No. 185), text from court and the Court's decisions.
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