It was an age of miracles. It was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire. It is the custom now to look back ourselves of the boom days with a disapproval that approaches horror. But it had its virtues, that old boom: Life was a great deal larger and gayer for most people, and the stampede to the spartan virtues in time of war and famine shouldn't make us too dizzy to remember its hilarious glory. There were so many good things. These eyes have been hallowed by watching a man order champagne for his two thousand guests, by listening while a woman ordered a whole staircase from the greatest sculptor in the world, by seeing a man tear up a good check for eight hundred thousand dollars.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald
~F. Scott Fitzgerald
- What factors sparked the prosperity of the 1920s?
- How do social trends and innovation shape popular culture?
- How do social, economic, and religious tensions divide Americans?
TEKS for Unit 6
2A- identify the major characteristics that define an historical era;
2B- identify the major eras in U.S. history from 1877 to the present and their defining describe characteristics;
2C- apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events, and time periods
3D- describe the optimism of the many immigrants who sought a better life in America.
6A- analyze causes and effects of events and social issues such as immigration, eugenics, race relations, nativism, the Red Scare, Prohibition, and the changing role of women; and
6B- analyze the impact of significant individuals such as Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan, Henry Ford, Glenn Curtiss, Marcus Garvey, and Charles A. Lindbergh.
13A- analyze the causes and effects of changing demographic patterns resulting from migration within the United States, including western expansion, rural to urban, the Great Migration, and the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt; and
13B- analyze the causes and effects of changing demographic patterns resulting from legal and illegal immigration to the United States.
15C- explain how foreign policies affected economic issues such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and immigration quotas;
16A- analyze causes of economic growth and prosperity in the 1920s, including Warren Harding's Return to Normalcy, reduced taxes, and increased production efficiencies;
19C- describe the effects of political scandals, including Teapot Dome, on the views of U.S. citizens concerning trust in the federal government and its leaders;
21B- discuss historical reasons why the constitution has been amended;
23B- evaluate various means of achieving equality of political rights, including the 19th amendment and congressional acts such as the American Indian Citizenship Act of 1924;
25A- describe how the characteristics and issues in U.S. history have been reflected in various genres of art, music, film, and literature;
25B- describe both the positive and negative impacts of significant examples of cultural movements in art, music, and literature such as Tin Pan Alley, and the Harlem Renaissance;
25C- identify the impact of popular American culture on the rest of the world over time; and
25D- analyze the global diffusion of American culture through the entertainment industry via various media.
26A- explain actions taken by people to expand economic opportunities and political rights, including those for racial, ethnic, and religious minorities as well as women, in American society;
26B- discuss the Americanization movement to assimilate immigrants and American Indians into American culture;
26C- explain how the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, gender, and religious groups shape American culture;
26D- identify the political, social, and economic contributions of women such as Frances Willard to American Society.
27C- understand the impact of technological and management innovations and their applications in the workplace and the resulting productivity enhancements for business and labor such as assembly line manufacturing, and time-study analysis.