Politics and social tension the worst of times Rosemarie H.

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Politics and social tension the worst of times Rosemarie H.

The Red Scare and Anti-communism Communism is a system of government where the government own parts of the economy; there is no private property. The Red Scare occurred after the Bolsheviks Russian Revolution in the year of 1917. Lenin led a radical group called the Bolsheviks. The Bolsheviks murdered the entire royal family and gradually gained control of Russia. The Red Scare was a fear that anarchists, people who don’t believe in government, and communists would start a workers revolution, and communism would spread to the United States. Causes of the Red Scare and Anti-Communism were fear and suspicion of new immigrants and foreigners, the rise of communism, and World War 1 propaganda techniques. This is why the 1920's were the worst of times and not the best of times.

IntroductionThe Roaring 20's was suppossed to be a time of celebration after the end of World War I. It was meant to be a time of heroes, new opprotunities, and freedom for many people. This decade was thought to be a very prosperious age. However, there was corruption in the government, many people bgan spending money excesivley, and drinking and selling alchol illgally, which led to a rise of crime. The Roaring 20's were the worst of times due to political and social issues. Issues like the Red Scare, the Teapot Dome Scandal, the Scopes Monkey Trial, and the 18th admendment were some reason why this decade was the worst of times.

The Scopes Monkey TrialIn 1859 Darwin announced the theory that humans were descendents of apes. Many American Churches held debates whether to accept modern science or continue with teachings from the bible. Later, in 1952 the Butler Law was passed that forbid Darwin’s theory to be taught in public schools or universities. The American Civil Union offered legal defense to any teacher who would bring this law to court, and John T. Scopes accepted the offer. Scopes, a science teacher read a chapter on evolution aloud to his class. In the trial, Clarence Darrow represented Scopes against a man named William Jennings Bryan. Scopes was found guilty and was fined $100. In this situation, forcing students to learn one religion is an additional factor as to why the 20’s were the worst of times.

The Palmer RaidsThe Palmer Raids were raids and investigations by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. The purpose of these surprise searches was to investigate radical organizations and homes of immigrants to find anarchists and communists. These raids targeted immigrants and led to mass arrests of suspected immigrants. The cause of these searches was mainly the rise of communism and the Red Scare. The Palmer Raids were conducted without search warrants and the victims' houses were often broken into. Americans began demanding their civil liberties be respected. Only negative results came from the Palmer Raids such as the arrests of innocent people, so it is clear that it was an event in history that made the 1920’s the worst of times.

The Teapot Dome ScandalPresident Warren G. Harding’s time in office was known for scandal and corruption in the government. One event that made many people question their trust in their nation’s government was the Teapot Dome Scandal. The Teapot Dome Scandal mainly involved one of Harding’s good friends and his secretary of interior, Albert B. Fall. The Teapot Dome Scandal in 1921 was an incident where a former United States Navy Oil Reserve was leased to a private oil company. After this, many Americans lost trust in the government and their president. With corruption and bribery taking place in the government, this event in history only left people with negative thoughts about the government.

The 18th Admendment Prohibition was a period in history between the years of 1920 and 1933 when selling alcohol and liquor was illegal, however drinking liquor was never illegal. The reason for having prohibition in America was to try to decrease the amount of men wasting money on alcohol and also decrease alcohol related health issues. The purpose of prohibition was to try to increase family savings and make a better America. However, many negative effects only came from prohibition, such as organized crime and gangsters, and the selling of alcohol and speakeasies. Speakeasies were hidden bars where alcohol was consumed and sold illegally. The selling of alcohol was done outside the speakeasies and sold by gangsters. One famous gangster was Al Capone, who ran Chicago. With all the rising crime and selling of alcohol, the 21st amendment was passed and ended prohibition. Prohibition was known to be a great failure in history.

Rosemarie H.

Politics and Social TensionThe Worst Of Times

A newspaper having to do with the Palmer Raids.

Al Capone, a famous ganster who ran Chicago.

A political cartoon criticizing the Teapot Dome Scandal and the government.

Clarence Darrow (left) and William Jennings Bryan (right) discussing thetrial in court.


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