1920s Dbq

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Devin Nishizaki
Period 2

1920’s DBQ
Beginning in the early 1920’s, America found itself in a frenzy of revolutionary movements that would shift the everyday lives of American citizens and pave the way to the modern era. A struggle between old ideas of conservatism and new liberal movements surfaced during the “roaring twenties”. The new movements that began rearing their heads during this time period consisted of liberal political ideas, the advancements of rights for the common man and woman, and reforms to our social culture.

One reason that tension was created during this time period was because of many discrepancies that dealt with political issues. One political issue that made headlines in 1925 was the Tennessee Revolution Case. Recorded in The World’s Most Famous Trial, this case dealt with conflicting views over whether or not the theories of evolution should be taught at schools. (D-C) This case was so revolutionary because it was the first time somebody had made a move “against the grain” of social norms and took legal action in order to defend his ideas. Along side of pacifist revolutionaries, the “roaring twenties” also witnessed the national augmentation of the Klu Klux Klan, a violent group of liberals who put on the façade of being innocent and peaceful revolutionaries. Hiram Wesely Evans, a journalist and advocate of the Klan, wrote that the Klan’s only intentions were to end the “old” ways of politics, which drained the common man of his prosperity, and bring forth a new era of success that could only be achieved by the overwhelming support of the Nordic Race. (D-D) Both of these examples show that the people of this time period were itching for political change, which threatened the prestige and power of the existing government.

Aside from just political changes, this time period witnessed tension that was brought forth by the advancements of rights for the common man and woman. During the 1920’s the idea...
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