Unit 3: The Roaring TwentiesChapter 10

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During the "Roaring Twenties" most Americans sought to escape the horrors of WWI and its aftermath in Europe. An economic downturn early in decade led to a distrust of the laboring class and the spread of the "Red Scare;" the fear that a Communist revolution would spread out of Russia and to the United States. But as the economy stabilized, America experienced a period of great economic prosperity. With new found wealth, people, particularly the young, began to challenge the traditional morals of society; and in turn, conservatives Americans began to distrust the "flappers, " as much as along with the laboring immigrants class. America on the surface looked prosperous and healthy; but by the end of the decade, this facade of wealth began to crumble and plunged America, as well as the rest of the world, into the Great Depression.


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  1. How did the development of new industries and the consumer economy contribute to economic growth?
  2. Why did the modern culture of the 1920s cause some people to think that traditional society and morality were under attack?
  3. How did popular culture, the arts, and literature reflect the societal changes of the 1920s?
  4. How changes in African American culture reflected in the art and politics of the 1920’s?


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