a 1924 scandal in which Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for leasing government-owned oil lands in Wyoming (Teapot Dome) and California (Elks Hill) to private oil businessmen.
Also called the "monkey trial," this was a contest between modern liberalism and religious fundamentalism. John T. Scopes was on trial for teaching Darwinian evolution in defiance of a Tennessee state law. He was found guilty and fines $100.
National Origins Quota Act
This 1924 law established a quota system to regulate the influx of immigrants to America. The system restricted the new immigrants from southern and eastern Europe and Asia. It also reduced the annual total of immigrants.
The ban of the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States. The Eighteenth Amendment, adopted in 1919, established this. It was repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933. While prohibition was in effect, it reduced national consumption of alcohol, but it was inconsistently enforced and was often evaded, especially in the cities.
An African American cultural, literary, and artistic movement centered in Harlem, an area in New York City, in the 1920s. Harlem, the largest black community in the world outside of Africa, was considered the cultural capital of African Americans.
Jess D. Nichols
built the first shopping center, Country Club Plaza, and thus set an example quickly followed by other suburban developers
Country Club Plaza
first shopping center
created the first successful radio network
a promoter. built vast paper empires by gaining control of power companies and then draining them of their assets
Edward Bernays/ Bruce Barton
skillful practitioners who sought to control public taste and consumer spending by identifying the good life with the possession of the latest product of American industry
how business leaders labeled the era. It was not as prosperous as it first appeared
Scopes Trial (cont.)
Stress on traditional Protestant Orthodoxy, Biblical literalism
Volstead Act of 1920
Added on to the 18th Amendment
outgrowth of American nationalism after WWI
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