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Roaring 20's the worst of times

The Roaring 20'sthe worst of times Throughout the 1920's there were many political and social tension issues among Americans. Although this can be debated by others saying that the Roaring 20's were the best of times, i disagree. I believe the 1920's were the worst of times due to horrendous effects caused from prohibition. This resulted in crime, bootlegging, and violence. There was the Teapot Dome Scandal which destroyed President Harding and took him to his death bed in 1923. Also, the the Palmer Raids took a toll on Americans too causing tension. The Sacco and Vanzetti trial was more of a political debate then a murder trial. These incidences add up to the 1920's being the worst of times rather than the best.

the 18th Amendment "Bootleggers" were people who made alcohol against the law. They also might have sold it, or even imported it, which was illegal during this time. Bootleggers built secret breweries that nobody knew about. There, they made liquor and counterfeited prescribtions and liquor licences to access alcohol. the vast majority of the alchol had been smuggled over the borders of Mexico, Canada or from the West Indies into the United States. Once the 18th amendment and the Volstead Act shut down breweries, there were many consequences that came along with this such as organized crime, bootleggers, speakeasies, corruption within cities, and the rise of gangsters. This era was known as the Roaring 20's. poeple wanted to have a good time which included a demand for alcohol.

the 19th AmendmentPrevious to the 19th Amendment being approved, it took over 72 years of struggle even though the Declaration of Sentiments was signed by 100 attendents.On August 18th, the 19th Amendemnt to the Constitution is ratified giving women the right to vote.

Sacco & Vanzetti TrialSacco and Vanzetti were anarchists invloved in a murder trial. they were aressted not because of the murder, but because of their radical beliefs and backgrounds. To this day, it remains a mystery whether they are innocent or guilty, and this conviction holds much controversy. Sacco and Venzetti were sentenced to death and killed by the electric chair.

The Palmer RaidsThe Palmer Raids led to arrests of 6,000 foreign aliens who were suspected radicals. These aliens were arrested without a search warrent and deported back to their country of origin.Between the years of 1919 and 1920, a man by the name Palmer, created continuous raids on immigrants who he believed possesed dangerous ideas for American society. He was responsible for deprting 249 Russian aliens without any just cause.

Teapot Dome ScandalThe Teapot Dome Scandal involved President Warren Harding's cabinet members. This scandal exposed Secretary of the Interior for accepting bribes for letting private oil companies to lease public land. This became all too much for the president, and he shortly fell ill thereafter in 1923.Even though President Harding was above the graft, his friends were very much willing to dip into the public treasury. The Veterans Bureau was plaugued with fraud and bribery as well as the Justice Department.

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by Gianna F.


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