Essay on 1920s Dbq

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Devin Nishizaki Period 2 3/11/10 1920’s DBQ Beginning in the early 1920’s, America found itself in a frenzy of revolutionary movements that would shift the everyday lives of American citizens and pave the way to the modern era. A struggle between old ideas of conservatism and new liberal movements surfaced during the “roaring twenties”. The new movements that began rearing their heads during this time period consisted of liberal political ideas, the advancements of rights for the common man and woman, and reforms to our social culture. One reason that tension was created during this time period was because of many discrepancies that dealt with political issues. One political issue that made headlines in 1925 was…show more content…
Mary B. Mullett, an author who’s ideas were expressed in “The Biggest Thing That Lindbergh Has Done”, shows us that being a moral and modest man is much more honorable than being wealthy. (D-F) This idea would obviously cause tension with the wealthy, who thought that they were the “big cheese” simply because of their net worth. Not only was the common man looked at with more prestige than ever before, but the common woman gained much more power as well. A graph comparing the marriage and divorce rates between 1890 and 1930 shows clearly that during the 1920’s, marriage rates decreased and divorce rates increased. (D-G) From this graph we can infer that the reason behind this sudden drop in marriage is because woman had gained more independence, both politically and economically. The tension that women create during this era eventually prevails with the 19th amendment, which gives them the right to vote. Another change that stirred drama in this time period was the reform to the social aspects of our culture. For example, one major aspect of our social culture that underwent revision was our music. Langston Hughes, the author of “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”, wrote that the struggles that blacks faced led them to develop their own kind of music: jazz. (D-E) Another author who shows similar ideas is Morrow Mayo, who wrote “Aimee Rises from the Sea”. In the article Mayo writes that the “jazz hymns
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