Another world-shifting event that happened in the 1920's, was the idea of teaching evolution in school. Of course, as we are looking at a very traditional America, this did not go over well. It indeed led to the Scope's Trial, a battle of evolution or creationism. It sparked a lot of controversy, and a lot of hard questions. Is teaching this abandoning the church ideologies? Is this giving the next generations the tools they need to progress? Should we actually let them choose? And eventually, that's the decision that is made. As for at the time, Scopes was fined for being found guilty against the Butler Act.
"Make the distinction between religion and science. Let them have both. Let them both be taught. Let them both live." --Dudley Field Malone (NY attorney defending Scopes.)
As ground breaking and defying to the traditions this can all be put away as a simple ripple in the ocean of time. Yes, the Scopes trial did not win, and evolution did not plant itself in textbooks across America, but it did plant ideas for the America to come. Like most things in the 1920's, this idea was too big to contain for long. Now, we see evolution in our science books. Openly discussed in class still as a theory but one to be looked at. It is not brushed away from the children's sight. And therefore, the Scopes trial did not live on very far in the 20's, but it did reign down eventually. Trend setters came as flappers and ideas that were seen as unspeakable. These things are what changed us to be how we are now, and I believe it can proudly be decreed that the 1920's was indeed a time of blooming, flowering change. Slowly, but surely.
I feel this cartoon directly corresponds to the trial and the attitude towards it. Don't talk about introducing evolution, because it is seen as evil. "See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil." Don't bring up evolution in school, we don't want our kids to believe it to the point where they denounce the Bible and it's teachings.