Essay on America During the 1920's

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America During the 1920's

In the first three decades of the 20th century, America became the richest and most powerful country in the world. Its population, wealth and industry were growing fast. It had plenty of natural resources (oil, coal, iron ore etc.) The average American worker earned 5 xs more than in Europe. Many Americans owned their own cars. America was so rich it could lend money to Europe.

At the end of World War I, America turned its back on Europe. It didn’t join the League of Nations in 1922. Also in 1922 the McCumber tariff was introduced, this put heavy taxes on cheap foreign imports. This made goods from other countries look very expensive to buy in America, so Americans
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By this time all the states of the old south had bought in “Jim Crow Laws” These laws said that blacks should be “separate but equal”. Blacks were separate from whites in every public place. During the war thousands of blacks moved to northern cities to do the newly created jobs. They usually ended up doing the worst jobs so most white people didn’t really mind. However the movement to the cities led to housing shortages. This led to big riots between blacks and whites. In 1924 the Klan claimed it had a membership of nearly 5 million. The Klan attracted whites of low intelligence and those looking for excitement. However, some local and national politicians were members. The Klan wore white to show purity. their costumes were baggy and lose so you could not tell the build of the person. They wore hoods that covered their whole faces so you could not see what they looked like and they had high points on so you could not tell the height of the person. The Klan roared for its members because they rarely got caught for their acts because no one knew who was a member and you could not tell who it was because of their costumes. The Ku Klux Klan didn’t roar for Catholics, Jews, blacks and foreigners in the south because they had to live their lives in fear of the Klan also they could not trust anyone because they did not know who were members

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