AP US History Mrs. Norris 6th hour Sample DBQ Response to demonstrate document integration Prompt The 1920s were a period of tension between new and changing attitudes on the one hand and traditional values and nostalgia on the other. What led to the tension between old and new AND in what ways was the tension manifested
The firestorm of the Great War revealed an American society rife with conflict and opposing values. Americans reacted to the legacy of the war with new political doctrines, contentious views of religion, and emerging social and artistic trends. Heightened tensions were demonstrated by how Americans reacted to the legacy of the Great War. Debate over religion, morality, politics, economics, and art broke along modern and traditional lines. The roaring 20s manifested these differences in court rooms, national politics, grass roots campaigns, and in the emerging transportation and media revolutions.
American religion became a major front in the 1920s culture wars. Mainstream Protestantism, Fundamentalism, Catholicism, and Judaism were prominent and controversial. While traditional Protestants retained control of Americas commanding heights, the influx of fundamentalism among old stock Americans and the importation of Catholicism and Judaism with new immigrants created a volatile mix. New Yorks Alfred Smith was unable to win the presidency in 1928 largely because of his Irish Catholic faith. Preachers such as Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple MacPherson attracted national audiences through their sophisticated use of new media outlets such as the radio. Ironically, modernism shaped the religious resurgence in the 1920s. MacPhersons revivals were known for having sex appeal and being a form of supernatural whoopee. (Doc I) Even the fundamentalist movement was shaped by the new trends in the United States. The presidencies of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover maintained the practice of traditional Protestantism in the White House, but that did not...
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