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  • Roads were paved, gas stations and motels began popping up. Billboards caused driving accidents.Popularity of planes led engineers to design safer, more powerful transport planes.Affordable cars quickly changed the way Americans lived—giving people more freedom and allowing for easier travel.Suburbs began to spread out around cities because people could use cars to commute.The federal government gave aid to help build highways and new roads, making travel around the United States far easier.Gas stations, diners, campgrounds, and motels sprang up to serve the needs of car travelers.
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  • 1. Culture during the 1920s What social trends and innovations shaped popular culture in the 1920s?
  • 2. WARM-UP: • In what ways do modernism and traditionalism conflict today? • What parts of our culture, from your experiences or observations, illustrate this clash? http://www.thisamericanlife.org/play_full.php?play=290
  • 3. Post WWI Tensions • Labor unrest • Rising socialism = Red Scare Sedition Act 1918 Espionage Act • Xenophobia
  • 4. Consumer Culture • “Consumption is good for the economy” • Buy on credit
  • 5. Transportation • Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart • Wingwalkers • Barnstorming
  • 6. • Automobiles = suburbs, motels, gas stations, etc.
  • 7. Mass Media • Radio = today’s internet • Movies • Advertising • National celebrities
  • 8. Women’s Movement • 19th Amendment • Sexual liberation and Margaret Sanger • Flappers • League of Women Voters • Equal Rights Amendment http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=141952675
  • 9. Art • Harlem Renaissance, Jazz • “The Lost Generation” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway.. • Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper • Norman Rockwell
  • 10. Education and Medicine • Schools designed on factory model • • No FDA to regulate and test drugs • Advances were made • Germ theory • Anesthesia in surgery
  • 11. Traditionalism vs. Modernism • Traditionalists = old values • Modernists = new values
  • 12. Traditionalism vs. Modernism Urban vs. Rural Youth vs. Adult Wet vs. Dry • Prohibition – 18th and 21st Amendments Religion vs. Science • The Scopes Trial
  • 13. 1920s in Oregon • Eugenics • Ku Klux Klan
  • 14. KKK in Lane county
  • 15. Eugenics in Oregon Textbooks in Texas