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All Social Words For 1920s


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Charlie Chaplin
English comedian and film maker; portrayed a downtrodden little man in baggy pants and bowler hat
the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest
company unions
a union which is located within and run by a company
illegal liquor-serving bars in which one would have to give a password to get into.
Red Scare
a period of general fear of communists
Silent Cal
Calvin Coolidge's nickname, due to his meekness
League of Women Voters
an organization which works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy, as well as through political lobbying of Congress
the act of reducing or depriving arms
Mass Culture
culture easily provided to many
Washington Conference
disarmament effort occasioned by the hugely expensive naval construction rivalry that existed among Britain, Japan and the United States
Alfred Smith
the first Roman-Catholic and Irish-American to run for president, and was defeated by Hoover.
Zora Neale Hurston
American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance
the suspicion that the incitements for rebellion were foreign born. This fear lead to Americans treating immigrants poorly and feeling that they were all anarchists. People felt that America must be kept American
Babe Ruth
United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs
economic system in which capital is owned by private government
a developed area out of an urban area which consists of mainly single-family houses.
Spirit of St. Louis
a custom airplane used by Charles Lindbergh to make the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight
the expulsion of someone from a country
The Jazz Singer
the first "talkie"
bull market
prolonged period in which investment prices rise faster than their historical average
deliberate destruction or damage of equipment in order to hinder a particular group
an economic slump
rhythmic, syncopated music, often improvised, that was originated by African American musicians
Gertrude Ederle
United States swimmer who in 1926 became the first woman to swim the English Channel
Equal Rights Amendment
proposed amendment which states that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." This amendment was passed by Congress and was proposed to the states in 1972. It failed to be ratified by enough states in time for its 1982 deadline
Henry Ford
founder of Ford Motors
the removal or reversal of a law
a "new breed" of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered "decent" behavior
one who believes in the absolute abolishment of all forms of government
the prohibiting of the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol by the United States in the 1920s.
one who illegally smuggled alcohol
the "Ohio Gang"
The Ohio Gang were a group of politicians and industry leaders who came to be associated with William Harding and were considered to have been responsible for acts of corruption and cronyism
Marcus Garvey
Jamaican national hero and champion of black nationalism
Boston Police Strike
the Police Force in Boston, MA went on a strike, and in fear of communism, President Coolidge (then governor at the time) fired them and called in the militia to be the police force
Nicaragua and Mexico
the two countries the U.S. interfered with during the 1920s
Teapot Dome Scandal
a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921; became symbolic of the scandals of the Harding administration
Sinclair Lewis
United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street
Bessie Smith
United States blues singer
Kellogg-Briand Pact
international treaty "providing for the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy."
Red Grange
a professional and college American football player
Sacco and Vanzetti
two Italian-born anarchists, unfairly tried and convicted for the armed robbery and murder of two pay-clerks in Massachusetts in 1920
Langston Hughes
American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and newspaper columnist
A policy of not participating in or withdrawing from international affairs
Jelly Roll Morton
United States jazz pianist, compooser, and bandleader
Herbert Hoover
31st President of the United States; in 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed
Emergency Quota Act
an immigration quota that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 3% of the number of persons from that country living in the United States in 1910, according to the U.S. Census
Louis Armstrong
United States jazz trumpeter and bandleader
Model T
the original Ford; first mass produced car; only came in black
movies which have sound
installment buying
a system for paying for goods by installments
interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal, craze

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