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The Roaring Twenties was a time of great change, particularly regarding social politics and the idea of social emphasis within the political sphere.

Women's Suffrage

"The Suffragists' ideal is a kitchen-less house"

"The Women's Protest Against Woman's Suffrage", October 1912

This is a quote from an anti-suffragist writing against women's suffrage. She describes feminism as taking away from family values and general etiquette, using this quote as a way to make it seem as if suffragists were irrational and indifferent to the needs of their loved ones as a way to drive modern women back to their previous place in the kitchen.

This was a popular belief of the time; however, it was also one of the biggest driving factors for feminism, as they wished to remove the label from women as nothing more than home workers and become members of society instead. Eventually this movement led to the approval of women's suffrage and women were able to become members of the political sphere alongside men.

Harlem Renaissance

"Southern trees bear strange fruit ... black bodies swinging in the southern breeze"

"Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday, 1939

This quote is from a famous song by Billie Holiday about the violence and lynchings occurring in the South around this time. This revival of extreme racism and the KKK was a tragic step backwards for African American integration into society.

However, this intolerance eventually led African Americans to seek safety and success further North, a movement known as the Great Migration. This Migration led to the formation of black communities in the North and the spread of cultural themes and advances, a cultural revolution known as the Harlem Renaissance led by African Americans and followed by many Americans of all races. This created a greater acceptance of African Americans and further integrated them into society.

Scopes Trial

"The least that this generation could do ... is to give the next generation all the facts and theories that observation and learning have produced ... in the hope of heaven that they will make a better world than we have."

Dudley Field Malone, July 1925

The Scopes Trial was a court battle between Education and Religion, started by the prosecution of John Scopes for the teaching of human evolution in schools despite recent laws passed against it as an attempt to revive Christian emphasis and values in the United States.

Scopes argued that science should be validated and eventually won the trial, retracting Tennessee laws made against teaching evolution in schools. This was a major step forward in society, as it was one of the first major separations of religion and politics made in the United States as the country became more open to religious tolerance and non-bias.

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