The 1920's

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The 1920's

Prohibition Prohibition was enacted by the 18th amendment, and was suppported by women, who supported it because they were against the spread of saloons, as they found them to be dangerous towards families.

What is a speak easy?"Speak easys" existed during prohibition, and were illegal bars or saloons.

What happened to the 18th amendment?After failing to make the country a better place and causing more problems than it solved, the 18th amendment was ratified. The 21st amendment was passed in 1933, which basically negated the 18th amendment.

The 1920's

How did Prohibition impact America?Contrary to popular belief, prohibition didn't help the economy, but rather caused the sales of chewing gum, soft drinks, and theater tickets to decline. Many people thought that without the legal sale of alcohal, the sale of other forms of entertainment would increase, but this was not the case. Many resturants suffered and eventually closed, unable to bring in enough business without the legal sale of alcohal. After the enactment of Prohibition, there was also a significant rise in organized crime. It also lead to the opening of "speak easys."

Langston HughesLangston Hughes was an African American poet in the 1920s who would often adress racism in his poems. In the powm "Democracy," he says "I live here, too./ I want freedom/ Just as you." By this he implies that he is denied freedom because of his race, which is wrong. He also adressed racism in his poem "Children's Rhymes." In this he says "We know everbody/ ain't free./... Liberty and Justce--/ Huh!-- For All?" In his poems, Langston Hughes adresses racism by pointing out the inequalities that still remianed at that time between the races.

in the choosing of national leaders. Once women could vote, they could elect officials that they thought would advocate for them, and make laws that would benefit them. Women having the right to vote gave them more rights than they had ever had before.

In 1920, the 19th amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. This was very helpful to women, as they previously had no say in

Seneca Falls ConventionThe Seneca Falls Convention was a women's right convention held in Seneca, NY. During it, the Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances was written, which was written in the formant of the Declaration of Independence, and demanded equal rights for women.

In the 1920's, there were many women in society called flappers, who went against many people's idea of what a woman should be. They were young , urban women who lived active city lives. Though they held normal jobs in the daytime, at night they would go to clubs and speakeasies. Even during prohibition, they would drink and smoke, things typically only done by men at the time. Another thing that set them apart form other women of the time was the way they dressed. Flappers wore high heels, short dresses, and lots of makeup. A third thing that set flappers apart from other women was their short hair. Women usually had only very long, flowing hair at that time, but flappers cut their hair shoulder length.


Buying on margin is a way to buy stock using more money than you actually have. To buy something on margin, you must put a collateral, or smaller investment down, and buying the rest of the stocks using money borrowed from the broker.

Though margin buying seems like a good idea at first, it can turn very bad very quickly. If the stock you buy doesn't turn a profit, and you sell it for less than you bought it for, the stock broker will put out a margin call, and make you pay them more than you initially borrowed.

The Nicholas Brothers, Cab Calloway, and Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and the Nicholas Brothers all spread African American culture by preforming at the Cotton Club, an extremely popular club in the 1920s. Since the best of New York's society would often go to this club, these preformances were seen by many, and acknowledged with awe and respect. Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway were both jazz musicians who would frequently preform at the Cotton Club, and The Nicholas Brothers (a tap dancing duo) would often preform there as well.

The Harlem Renaissance was a time in American Histroy (in the 1920s and 1930s) when African American culture began to be showcased through art, music, and dancing. Some Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and The Nicholas Brothers are some of the many people who were a part of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance


As so many new inventions and discoveries were made, the 1920s became known as the period that began consumerism and the idea of a modern lifestyle. At this time, many important inventions were created that reatly impacted society. The traffic light was invented by William Potts, and was very helpful in controlling cars on the roads, helping people get to their destinations faster and avoid crashes. The Band-Aid was also invented in 1920, by Earle Dickson. The invention of Band-Aids enabled people to tend to small cuts and keep injuries clean. The instant camera was invented by Samuel Shlafrock in 1923, and made it possible for more people to take photographs, or have photographs taken of them, making it a more regular thing.


During the 1920s, many people bought things that they didn't necessarily need, but wanted in order to make their lives easier. The general increase in wages allowed this, giving the average family more money to spend on new inventions.

The Stock Market

To be put simply, the stock market is just a way of buying and selling pieces of a company. When you buy a company's stock, you are in fact buying a very small piece of that company. Stock's value depends on its supply and demand, and the success of the company. If you buy a piece of a new company's stock, and that company later becomes very successful, you can sell that stock for more money than you bought it for -therefore making a profit- provided there is a high demand for that company's stock. However, even though owning stock is like owing part of a company, you do not get any portion of the company's profits. The only way to make money off of stock is to sell it.

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