The 1920's A Time of Great Change. Devin Mercado-stroup

The 1920's was a time of great change. Women were working away from home, wearing pants, shorter clothes and were trying to get the right to vote. The KKK was coming back bigger than ever before, lynchings were becoming a common thing and appliances were being invented that would change the way people lived forever.

The scopes trial

Malone's Trial Speech.

Document B

"The least that this generation can do, your Honor, is to give the next generation all the facts and theories that observation and learning have produced."
"For God's sake let the children have their minds kept open-close no doors to their knowledge. Make the distinction between religion and science. Let the have both. Let them both be taught. Let them both live."

Here Malone explains why he thinks evolution should be taught in schools. He wants a clear line between science and religion. He wants the children being taught to have options and choices of their own, and argues for the importance of teaching science. These are the best quotes to represent my thesis because it shows a new perspective on the world. No one before ever thought about this because of fundamentalism. These quotes show that evolution should be taught in schools because Malone said they should be allowed a choice. No one before thought they had a choice to learn something different.

The Harlem Renaissance

I Too, Langston Hughes Document #2

Langston Hughes was and is a famous writer. In this poem "I Too" he writes "They send me to the kitchen when company comes, but I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong. He then goes on to write "Tomorrow, I'll be at the table when company comes. Nobody'll dare say to me, 'Eat in the kitchen,' Then. Besides, they'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed-- I, too am America. Langston has hope for the future. Saying even though now they tell him to eat in the kitchen, Tomorrow or soon no one will tell him what to do anymore. He has hope that the future holds better things for him.

Women's Sufferage

"There are very many wealthy women who support suffragism, and who do a very dangerous thing in preaching to working women that housework is degrading."

In Document B there are tails of women who are courageous enough to teach that women's suffrage is a good thing. This is a time of change because before it was never even thought about a woman having the right to vote. Now that some women are teaching about it shows they're ready for a time of change and they're ready to try to vote and be seen as equals. Also mentioned in document C John A speech tells about how the women are trying to get the right to vote, but he does not think it is the time to get women involved in politics. So even though nothing was really mentioned about things changing drastically,you can infer that he wrote this speech because women were trying to change the world, trying to get the right to vote.

"While at first largely peaceful, the protests later turned violent resulting in the detention of several women who then protested their incarceration with hunger strikes. Wilson was appalled when he discovered that many of these women were being force fed in the prison and finally stepped in toward the fight for women’s enfranchisement, finally joining his daughter, leading suffragist Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre."

I Found an extra article I thought would help my thinking and provide extra evidence on why I believe the 20's were a time of change. This article shows the lengths some women were willing to go for their right to vote.I thought women in the 20's were still staying at home and working for their household. But this proves many women were trying to change their world so it would not be the same as it was before.

Some may argue that the 1920's was instead a return to normalcy. Such as the scopes trial. If the trial was lost, then it would've been a return to normalcy because they wanted what was being taught not to change. They wanted to stick with the religious point of view. And also the Harlem Renaissance. Many African Americans had to move in order to get away from their bosses. Because they were part of sharecropping and they needed to get out of that to live better and freely express themselves.So in a way it could've been a return to normalcy if they didn't leave. And lastly Women's suffrage. Many People along with some women didn't want the right to vote. They thought it would take the women away from tending their houses if they became more independent. Many women even talked down upon women who wanted suffrage. But this is incorrect because eventually Women got the right to vote. and they started to work away from home and become more independent.And lastly the scopes trial was won, with the right to teach evolution in schools. Therefore, the 1920's was a time of great change and not a return to normalcy.


Created with images by seier+seier - "angiolo mazzoni, palazzo delle poste, palermo 1928-1934" • Mike Licht, - "Anti-Evolution League, at the Scopes Trial, Dayton Tennessee" • Boston Public Library - "The great Republican reform party."

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