The Urban-Rural Culture Wars Of The 1920's

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The urban-rural culture wars of the 1920’s was due to myriad changes occurring in society, and partly in cause of a new generation, angered by the events of World War I, wanting to take a stand. Exposure to different types of culture in the 1920s varied on where one lived. In urban places, like bustling cities, one could find modernists. Modernists were more open-minded and liberal in their thoughts. In other words, they obtained a “new-school” way of thinking. Those in rural places who were not exposed to the always-changing city life, were more likely to be traditionalists and focused on practices, values and views from the past. Furthermore, modernists, from the city, and traditionalists, from the countryside, did not see eye to eye. This issue resurfaced several times in major events of the 1920s.
There are numerous documents that further exemplify the urban-rural cultural divide in the 1920s. In document 1, an article written by Ku Klux Klan member H.W Evans, he wrote about the traditional American values fading and the ethical collapse the country was facing:
“we were dealing with strange ideas...[a] moral breakdown that has been going on for two decades. One by one all of our traditional moral standards went by the boards, or were so disregarded that they ceased to be binding…We found our great cities and the control of much of our industry and commerce taken over by strangers, who stacked the cards of success and prosperity against us” (Document 1).
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