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The Politics Of Frustration

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Introduction to the 'Dark Side of the Roaring Twenties'

Introduction to the 'Dark Side of the Roaring Twenties'

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  • 1. The Politics of Frustration: The 1920s
  • 2. Not all Americans benefited from the "politics of prosperity" in the 1920s
    • Many servicemen had trouble finding jobs when they returned home from WWI.
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  • 4. Not all Americans benefited from the "politics of prosperity" in the 1920s
    • The nation experienced an upswing in racism and xenophobia.
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  • 7. Not all Americans benefited from the "politics of prosperity" in the 1920s
    • By the 1920s, many Americans had grown weary of two decades of crusades for reform, seemingly endless attempts to pass moral legislation, and involvement in a brutal war.
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  • 9. Not all Americans benefited from the "politics of prosperity" in the 1920s
    • Many longed for a time when life was simpler, even if these "good old days" existed only in the popular imagination.
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  • 11. The "Good Ol' Days"
    • Many people longed for the lost elements of a "Bygone America:"
    • Free of labour and racial strife
    • Fewer "foreigners"
    • No radical ideologies
    • More attuned to the rhythms of small-town life
    • More devout in Fundamentalist Christianity
    • Less government interference in their lives
  • 12. H.L.Mencken
    • Journalist
    Mencken mocked American society for its Puritanism "the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere may be happy“
  • 13. Five Strands to the Politics of Frustration
    • The Red Scare
    • Anti-immigration
    • Sacco and Vanzetti trial
    • The rise of a new Ku Klux Klan
    • The Scopes Trial
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