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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BLOCK CLASS: Last Minute Helpful Hints/Reminders... Topics to Ponder for the 1920's Exam

Key Categories:
Science & Technology
Business & Industry
Government & Politics
Arts & Literature
Women & Minorities
Sports & Entertainment

Essential Questions:

How do technological and social changes impact American traditions?

To what extent should the federal government attempt to effect economic and social change?

What should the role of the federal government be in the economic and social lives of its citizens?

How does conflict (ie. WWI) promote change in a nation’s identity?

To what degree did America experience social progress during the 1920s and 1930s?

Before the War
Depict/Describe What Life Was Like Prior to WWI.

Politics and Government

Depict/Describe the Government policies of the time in regards to economics, immigration, foreign and domestic policies.
Be sure to identify at least two major politicians from this time period and provide specifics for what they believed and accomplished while in office.

Science & Technology
Depict/Describe How Science & Technology Changed In the 1920's. Include Key Theories That Changed the Way Citizens Viewed The World & Their Lives.

Arts & Music

Depict/Describe The Shift In Music & Art During the 1920's. What Were the Key Forms/Types of Expression For These Two Fields? How Did They Tie to Societal Views & The Age of Uncertainty?

Popular Culture/Entertainment & American Icons
Depict/Describe How People in the 1920's Entertained Themselves. What Become Popular? Why? How Did Styles Change? Who Became Famous & For What Reason? What Does It Show About Society in the 1920's?

African Americans, Women, & Society

Depict/Describe the Harlem Renaissance., Major African-American Movements as Supported/Shown by writers, musicians, activists, and organizers. Be sure to identify at least two prominent African-Americans of the time period.
Depict/Describe How Women's Role Changes in the 1920s. Identify at least two women who changed society and pushed boundaries during this time.

Intolerance in America
Depict/Describe How America Became An Increasingly Violent Country Towards Minorities and Immigrants in the 1920s: in Particular with the Revival of the KKK and the Red Scare. Be Sure to Provide Examples of Instances From Class & From The Textbook Readings. Sacco & Vanzetti, the Duluth Lynchings, Rosewood, etc.

Prohibition, Gangs, & Corruption
Depict/Describe How Prohibition Led To Mobster Growth Across Our Nation, How Some Police Dealt With the Issue of Increasing Mob Activity, Include The St. Valentine's Massacre (What Does It Show About Mob Activity During This Time).

The Economy in the Roaring Twenties

Depict/Describe The American Economy in the 1920s. What foreign issues, banking practices, and individual endeavors led to a BOOMING/ROARING economy in the United States during the 1920s? How did most people spend their money?
What were the flaws of the U.S. Economy… THE BIG SIX (CAUSES OF THE CRASH).

Global Crisis/Depression
Depict/Describe The World Economy During the 1920's and How A World Depression Is Able to Start. Be Sure to Include: The Treaty of Versailles, the Dawes Plan, the Stock Market Crash, the Dust Bowl & Why the Crashing of Our Economy Led to the Crashing of Economies Across Europe.

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