Social tension of the 1920s and

Now resentment of city and city people and nativism came together in the form of the Ku Klux Klan. The view that women and minorities were entitled to equality became increasingly prevalent in urban areas, especially among the educated.

Enforcement of prohibition, however, was sporadic and underfunded and faced opposition in many states and cities, especially northern cities, where many prohibition laws were repealed.

According to Charles C. The mayor of Indianapolis, John Duvallwas convicted and sentenced to jail for 30 days and barred from political service for four years.

Racial Tension in the Roaring Twenties

The highest concentration was around the central part of the state. By lateStephenson led the Indiana Klan in breaking away from the national organization and forming a rival group.

For example, the actor William Haineswho was regularly named in newspapers and magazines as the 1 male box-office draw, openly lived in a gay relationship with his lover Social tension of the 1920s and Shields. Furthermore, the "respectable" members of the Klan, shocked by its violent tendencies, began to drop out and by the end of the decade the Klan was once again viewed by most Americans as part of the extremist lunatic fringe.

Isolationism, immigration, and communism[ edit ] America's isolationist philosophy after World War I gave rise to a xenophobic feeling across the nation. Still, lynchings continued in the South, and racist Americans gained influence through organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan.

Racial Tension in the Roaring Twenties

He had saved Europe from starvation in the aftermath of World War I by leading a volunteer relief campaign, he was a self-made millionaire, and as Secretary of Commerce from to had helped produce the current economic boom.

And so he looked to alien influences - Roman Catholics who supposedly challenged Protestant hegemony and the separation of church and state. She screamed out in pain and witnesses falsely accused Rowland of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Unlike the original Reconstruction-era Klan which was purely a southern phenomenon intent on holding the freed slave in a position of inferiority, the modern Klan formed active chapters in every region of the country and temporarily gained both respectability and political power.

The combination of increasing racial pride and long-standing racial hatred led to a tension-filled decade, known as the Roaring Twenties. The countryside was the most Anglo-Saxon, the most Protestant, the most traditional area of the nation and the region that felt most threatened by continued immigration.

The blame for the maladies of his world must rest elsewhere. But the most important consumer product of the s was the automobile.

Social issues of the 1920s in the United States

Bryan and the anti-evolutionists claimed victory, and the Tennessee law would stand for another 42 years. Especially in the Southwest this zeal found expression in direct, often violent, attempts to force conformity.

John Scopesthe year-old defendant, taught in the public high school in Dayton, Tenn. The blame for the maladies of his world must rest elsewhere.

The fact that members of congress became drunk from toasts after passing the Eighteenth Amendment[ citation needed ] reveals that even those who were supposed to be setting an example did not take the law seriously.

Immigration and the National Origins Act[ edit ] Support for immigration restrictions, which began at the turn of the century and had built steadily for twenty years, led to congressional passage of the National Origins Act. In North Americait is frequently referred to as the " Roaring Twenties " or the " Jazz Age ", while in Europe the period is sometimes referred to as the " Golden Age Twenties " [1] because of the economic boom following World War I.

Crime and political corruption became common and acceptable. Only in the urban Northeast was there opposition. Using violence, intimidation, and organized political activity, the Klan lashed out at those groups which seemingly were defiling America with strange customs, strange religions, and strange morals.

Nor was it alone. The Klan organized a wildly successful membership drive inwith estimates of new recruits as high as five million.

Historians feel that members of the Klan probably constituted a majority of the Texas legislature between and The s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1,and ended on December 31, He agreed to be the focus of a test case attacking the new law, and was arrested for teaching evolution and tried with the American Civil Liberties Union backing his defense.

Social issues of the 1920s in the United States

Mitchell Palmer at the height of the Red Scare. With the number of immigrants thus limited, many felt perhaps America could be saved. Garvey glorified black culture and founded a chain of UNIA businesses to promote black economic cooperation.

Traditional values, especially outside the cities, were not discarded completely, or even much changed. In music, black culture expressed itself through jazz, an improvisational and spontaneous musical form derived in part from slave songs and African spirituals.Aug 28,  · Watch video · The s were an age of dramatic social and political change.

For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between and Social Tension in a Decade of Prosperity Culture in the s: Loosening Social Structure According to one journalist inAmericans were “weary of being noble” after a decade of intense progressive reform, morality, and self-righteousness.

Cultural Tensions of the s Issue Supporter’s view Opponent’s view Ku Klux Klan This organization provides a defense against the mongrelization of America in its opposition to blacks, Catholics, Jews, and foreigners.

The Roaring Twenties History

It promotes traditional values, such as patriotism, Christianity, and. Information on the rising social and political tensions found in American society in the s Learn with flashcards, games, and more — for free. The Economic Boom in America in the 's The decade of the s, or as it was called by its contemporaries, "The New Era," was marked by prosperity and.

("The 's: Economic Advancement and Social Tension") Nativism and Racism Since immigration saw a dramatic increase in the early s, feelings of .

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