The 1920s History By: Orlando Hernandez

The Lost Generation

Soldier back from WWI

The Lost Generation was a particular age group in a time period during the 1920s. This age group was during World War 1. There was many authors and writers during this Generation.

Gertrude Stein & Ernest Hemingway

This term "Lost Generation" was produced by Gertrude Stein. Then the term was popularized by Ernest Hemingway in his books. Gertrude Stein was Ernest Hemingway's mentor.

Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway

The Jazz Age

Jazz was a mixture of African and European music.

The Jazz Age was a period in the 1920's after the Great Depression. Jazz music and dance was originated in New Orleans. African Americans can take credit for the birth of this type of music.

Duke Ellington

Famous for being a Pianist, Conductor and Songwriter.

Cab Calloway

Known for being a Singer, Songwriter and Bandleader.

Chick Webb

Despite his hunchback, he is arguably the greatest jazz drummer to ever play.

Women's Movement

A flapper

Women were seen as major sources of temptation and evil back in these days. They were also viewed as intellectually inferior to men. Women were also considered naturally weaker than men. 

The 19th Ammendment

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Alice Paul

Fought for Women's Rights

She pushed for an Equal Rights Amendment to be added to the constitution.

The Equal Rights Ammendment (ERA)

“Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”

It was first introduced to Congress in 1923. Made all forms of discrimination based on sex illegal.

Prohibition and Organized Crime

Disposing of alcohol

The Eighteenth amendment made the selling of alcohol banned nationally, starting the Prohibition Era. Everybody at the time thought that prohibition would improve the country and make it a better place, but they were wrong.

Organized Crime

Crime was supposed to decrease during the prohibition era, but instead the number of crimes increased

Crime also became more organized. People began making moonshine at their homes. Criminal groups were formed to create income by providing the following victimless crimes: alcohol, drugs, gambling, and prostitution.

How the Great Depression Happpened

In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors.

Bread line during depression

When the Great Depression reached its low, million of Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. Though President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s

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