Disillusion, Defiance, and Discontent (1914-1946)

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Unit 5: Disillusion, Defiance, and Discontent
(1914-1946)

“We asked the cyclone to go around our barn but it didn’t hear us.” -Carl Sandburg
from The People, Yes
Carl Sandburg was an American writer, best known for his poetry during modernism. The quote means people like to think they are in control and then something like this happens, and they realize that they're not. The themes of the work is implied not stated

Timeline
The most significant ten year period is from 1920 to 1930 because the biggest cultural changes happened during this period because it was directly after WWI 1920 women get the right to vote
Prohibition leading to Bootlegging, speakeasies, widespread law breaking and gangs Economy boomed
The Roaring Twenties: Radio, jazz, movies as a big business
October 1929 the stock market crashed; the beginning of the great depression Historical Background
In the years after WWI there was a strong sense of optimism. New technological advancements that dramatically effected people’s lives and created a sense of promise for the future. 1914 World War I broke out

War in Europe
Struggle between the allies and the central powers
Allies: Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Japan, Russia and the US Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey
Trench Warfare
New weapons and a new kind of warfare
Bloodiest tragic conflicts to ever occur
Dragged on for several years
Wanted to remain neutral but it was impossible
American public opinion favored the allies
Reality of war did not sink in, Americans were confident and carefree Prosperity and Depression
Era following the great war was not peaceful
From 1920 to 1933 was prohibition
Bootlegging, speakeasies, and widespread law breaking
After a brief recession in 1920 and 1921, the economy boomed Women get the right to vote
New buildings rose everywhere
The Roaring Twenties: Radio, jazz, movies as a big business
October 1929 the stock market crashed; the beginning of...
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