This discussion addresses the following outcomes:
- Assess the major social and economic changes of the 1920s
- Discuss the conflicts related to cultural and social issues like immigration, minority rights, religion and science, and gender expectations in the 1920s
The “modern” 1920s exhibited many challenges to traditional elements of American life. For example, for some women, the 1920s represented a significant shift in social and political expectations, a break from the previous generation. On the other hand, for many Christians, the 1920s signaled a threat to traditional views, views that they believed needed to be upheld and defended.
Before you participate in this discussion, be sure to read the Module Notes, Chapter 22: “The New Era”, Chapter 23: “The Great Depression” (parts I and II)” in The American Yawp, and the following primary source documents: Page, E. (1922), A Flapper’s Appeal to Parents, Haldeman-Julius, E. (1927), Impressions of the Scopes Trial (1927) and review the following images in the Module Notes: Art Young Cartoon (1927); EP Pace “Descent of the Modernists” (1922).
Using the primary and secondary sources above as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 300 words:
- In what ways do the authors and artists depict the clash between modern and traditional in American society of the 1920s?
- What do they seem to predict will be the outcome of this clash, and under what circumstances?