The 1920's, a time of Great Change. Makala Dowell

Womans Suffrage

During the 1920's Woman were seen to be ignorant on the subject of politics because it was previously known as mans place of knowledge. A woman was meant to stay at home and tend to child and chores, not voting on political positions or getting involved in business outside their role as a woman. However, Carrie Chapman Catt led the National American Woman Suffrage in protest that a woman should have the equal right to vote as a man, for all political office positions.

While many woman fought for gender quality, some woman protested against woman's suffrage and hated the idea of voting.

In a 1912, New York article published by the National Assosiation Opposed to Woman's Suffrage, it is stated that, "The Suffragists' ideal is a kitchen-less house."

Many woman felt that their role in society was to maintain the upkeep of home and public appearance. The woman's suffrage was a huge change at this time so of course it was hard for some woman and men to adjust to this action towards equality and the deterioration of specific gender roles.

Political Cartoon

This political cartoon is targeting woman during the 1920's. The question at the bottom is asking woman whether they would want to be more covered or less covered. This political cartoon can also be a reference between normal entire for woman during the 20's and a Flapper during the 20's. A Flapper would show shoulders, pants instead of a dress or long skirt, and wear their hair in an up-do rather than down.

Harlem Reinassance

The Harlem Renaissance is a great example of prosperity during the 1920's because it influenced African American culture.

I picked up my life and take it away on a one-way ticket Gone Up North

The quote above was said by Langston Hughes in 1926. Through this quotes Hughes was talking about leaving the South's cruelty and moving to the North, the land of opportunity. I chose this quote to represent the Harlem Renaissance because I feel that it serves as a great example of change. African Americans wanted to leave the oppression of Jim Crow laws applied in the South, so many fled to the North in hopes of living more freely. This move was known as the Great Migration. Up North many African Americans began celebrating black culture.

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Jazz and Blues became popular and more inspirational African Americans people became recognized. Some African Americans moved North to further their education, this led to more African Americans in public office elections. This was a huge change for America because African Americans were becoming more blended into society by expressing themselves and their culture.

Prohibition

Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition.

Prohibition ended because secret saloons starting accepting illegal alcoholic imports. Many started to realize that even if drinking could impair rational thought, people still wanted to drink for the fun of it. So, instead of losing money through illegal imports, the government removed the law refraining people from drinking alcohol, and made hooch legal and eligible to use for medical purposes and recreational use.

Sources

  • http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/the-fight-for-womens-suffrage
  • http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/harlem-renaissance
  • http://www.history.com/topics/prohibition
  • Google Images
  • YouTube.com
  • All additional information from class notes

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