1920s Decade in Photos: The Roaring Twenties

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During the 1920s, America celebrated like never before. It was the era of Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, but people drank liquor and listened to jazz music in secret nightclubs. Bold young women called "flappers" led a culture of revelry. Pilot Charles Lindbergh winged his way across the Atlantic. As the decade ended, the world faced the Great Depression. The Roaring Twenties were an exciting yet tragic decade.

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Overview

During the 1920s, America celebrated like never before. It was the era of Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, but people drank liquor and listened to jazz music in secret nightclubs. Bold young women called "flappers" led a culture of revelry. Pilot Charles Lindbergh winged his way across the Atlantic. As the decade ended, the world faced the Great Depression. The Roaring Twenties were an exciting yet tragic decade.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan has done quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, each book makes use of posters, cartoons, prints, and newspaper pages as well. The "Roaring Twenties" (1920—1929) brought relief from war and pandemic, resulting in the rise of productivity in the U.S., the popularity of jazz, and finally, votes for women. On the darker side were Prohibition (with the rise of gangsters), the Teapot Dome scandal, the "Scopes Monkey Trial" over teaching evolution, and the beginning of the Great Depression. To his credit, Corrigan touches on art—in this title represented by Art Deco architecture, the new talking films, and music on the radio; two marvelous illustrations by John Held, Jr., epitomize the spirit of the Jazz Age. Other achievements of this frantic decade include Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and the discovery of penicillin. Looking ahead from a period that ended with the rise of Fascism in Italy and Germany and the ascent of Emperor Hirohito in Japan, Corrigan tells readers that the next decade would bring "financial crisis" and a second World War. The author's style is brisk, the illustrations often fascinating; the abundance of period photos, graphics, and popular art can help promote visual literacy. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031319
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Decades in Photos Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,000,026
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to the 1920s 5

Prohibition Takes Effect 8

Thousands Arrested During Palmer Raids 10

Women Go to the Polls 12

Mussolini Seizes Power in Italy 15

Flappers Define Fashion 18

The KKK Peaks and Declines 20

President Harding Dies in Office 22

Teapot Dome Scandal Rivets the Nation 24

Germany Slips into Crisis 27

Sporting Celebrities 30

Evolution on Trial 32

Scientific Triumphs 35

Secret Culture of Alcohol 38

Tuning in to Radio 40

Lucky Lindy Flies the Atlantic 42

Hirohito Ascends to the Throne 45

Arrival of Art Deco 48

Rise of the Gangsters 50

The Great Depression Begins 53

Looking Ahead 56

Chronology 58

Glossary 59

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Photo Credits 64

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