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1. Two philosophies, Social Darwinism and eugenics, were two philosophies that affected societal actions from the 1900s well into the late 1920s.Examine the social issue of Social Darwinism and eugenics. Assess the consequences these two issues had for individuals and society in general; consider how the fallacy of these two issues was brought to light.(6a)

2. Red Scare- The U.S. experienced inflation at the end of WWI and this inflation resulted in riots and a. What main ideas prompted the Red Scare?
b. Compare and contrast the Red Scare with Social Darwinism. (6a)

3. Immigration- Immigration was a contentious issue for the country during the 1920s; the United States passed the National Origins Act in 1929. a. As a citizen of the 1920s, question your congressional representative by assessing the social and economic consequences of this act.(6a) b. Speculate on that you think what the societal impact of present day immigration policies is.

4. Prohibition- The prohibition era was ushered in by the 18th Amendment which outlawed the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages; however, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th amendment in 1933.(6a) a. Identify the ideas and the historical highlights that led to the Prohibition era. b. Analyze the positive and negative effects of this era.

5. The Changing role of women- The text describes the 1920s as a time of the emergence of the “New” woman (Carnes 647). a. Evaluate the democratic means used to bring about the passage of the 19th amendment. In other words, what democratic processes were utilized to achieve this victory? (23b) b. Analyze the impact of the 19th amendment which changed the role of women? c. Preview the characteristics of the new woman and describe the impact that technology played in bringing about this change. (6a) d. How are women’s roles changing this today and how does these changes affect men?

6. Urban-Rural conflicts emerged during the 1920s and one of these conflicts was fundamentalism. “Fundamentalists rejected the theory of evolution as well as advanced the hypotheses on the origins of the universe.” (Carnes: 653). Part of rejecting this theory was to prevent schools from teaching the theory of evolution in science classes.

a. Describe the court case mentioned in chapter 24 that tested this issue. b. Distinguish between the roles played by Clarence Darrow and William Jennings. c. Think critically about the evidence presented by both lawyers and prepare questions that you would have asked them had you been the judge in this case.

7. New Technology flourished during the 1920s and brought a measure of prosperity to the country. Among the new technology was the automobile industry which thrived during the 1920s as a result of consumer demands. a. Assess the impact that Henry Ford had on the auto industry and on American society. (6b) b. Assess the impact that the automobile had on society.

8. Aviation Technology- The Great War hastened the evolution of airplane technology. Many new pilots showed off their aviation skills performing aerial acrobats and other adventurous feats at county shows in the 1920s. But an early aviation pioneer, Charles Lindberg, achieved a different type of aviation accomplishment in the 1920s. a. Examine the impact that this event and Lindberg had on the field of aviation and on American society. Thinking Critically

In a paragraph, synthesize your thoughts about the cause and effect of the significant events, social issues and individuals of the 1920; consider how this decade contributed to the history of the United States and the identity of its citizens.

Intro (revise): The 1920s enabled the United States to assume a greater economic role on the world stage. Unlike the major European powers at the time, the U.S. did not have to rebuild its economic infrastructure following World War I, enabling it to flourish and exhibit influence over many aspects of life during...
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