The 1920's, a time of change and innovation. Kelsi Richardson - 8th Block

"The least this generation can do, your honor, is to give the next generation all the facts and theories that observation and learning have produced - give it to the children in the hope of heaven that they will , make a better world than we have." Excerpt from Dudley Field Malone's speech on the fourth day of the Scopes Trial, July 15, 1925. Dayton, Tennessee.

The Scopes Trials

What Malone is saying in this quote opposes the Butler Act, a movement to refrain from teaching evolution, or anything that might contradict what the bible says, in schools. Malone believes that children should be taught everything they possibly can, nothing should be hidden from them, so that they may make their own decisions. He does not oppose religion being taught in schools, he only wants science taught as well, with a distinction of the two. This shows innovation in the 20's. This is a man standing up for his future, wanting the next generation to have an open mind and not be held back by the beliefs of those before them, right or wrong.

"They'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed - I, too, am American." Excerpt from the poem I, Too by Langston Hughes, 1926.

Harlem Renaissance

Langston is talking about the future for African Americans in America. He is saying that one day the Americans will see the worth of African Americans, and be embarrassed by how filthy they were treated. They will realize that, just like them, African Americans love the country they live in and only want to improve it. This shows how things were beginning to change in the 1920's. African Americans were standing up for themselves and moving forward with optimism for their people and culture. Maybe the Americans were still treating them unfairly, but they were done taking it. They were determined to make a change.

"It is the Suffragists theory that women's sphere in life should be the same as the man's." Excerpt from a New York newspaper published in New York in October 1912.

Women's Suffrage

This quote is just stating the Suffragists stance, that women should be equal to men. This is the beginning of something huge for women everywhere. People, men, are starting to see that women have brains that are just as capable of knowledge as men. Therefore, men have hands that are just as capable of housework as women. The 1920's took a big step for women that we are still fighting for today.

This political cartoon shows that the 1920's was a time of innovation and change because is shows people on the boat towards the United States and the boat's name is prosperity. Prosperity meaning success, ease, plenty, and security. There is a man shouting out characteristics that he sees of American: great business conditions, clear horizons, and a country that can help them move "full speed ahead". These men are laborers and farmers (as shown on their hats) and they are excited to be apart of the amazing innovation happening in America, probably specializing in their field.

The 1920's, a time of returning to normalcy.

Some may argue that the 1920's was instead a time of returning to normalcy. I understand why they say that because alcohol was being banned (prohibition), the KKK was around terrorizing anyone who was not their color or religion, and women were still being talked down upon. However, that argument is incorrect. The prohibition ended. The KKK declined eventually and African Americans took great strides towards equality for their kind and culture. Women did not let the opinions of others keep them down, they got the right to vote and they basically began to do what ever they wanted. They dressed, talked, and acted according to their own standards. Bad things happened during the 1920's, yes. But let's not over look the many great things that happened as well.

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