The Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties
Objective: To gain research skills, such as evaluation of sources and thesis writing, develop knowledge about the 1920s, as well as develop creativity skills.
Assignment: Choose one of the following projects to complete for the 1920s. You will then research your 1920s topic using at least three sources (one of which is primary), develop and turn in the following:

  • A proper citation page

  • The creative element described in the project menu.

  • Oral Presentation of your project.

Historical Topics:

Political & Social Tension

  • The Red Scare & Anti-Communism: Sacco & Vanzetti Trial, Radicalism, Communism, Palmer Raids, Labor Strikes, Sedition Laws

  • Separation Between Church & State: Fundamentalism, Evolution vs. Creationism in education, Scopes Trial, Clarence Darrow,

The Republican Era

  • Harding: Normalcy, Teapot Dome Scandal, Washington Naval Conference, KelloggBriand Pact, Dawes Plan, Fordney McCumber Tariff

  • Coolidge: Coolidge Prosperity, low taxes, high tariffs

  • Hoover: Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, Black Thursday and Black Tuesday, Bonus Army

Technology & Consumer Culture

  • Big Business: New Industries, Growth of Big Business, Speculators, Chain Stores

  • Advertising: New Products, general circulation magazines i.e. Ladies Home Journal, Coca-Cola

  • Credit: Installment Buying, New Transportation with Airplanes & Autos

Early Civil Rights

  • Anti-Immigration: Nativism Revival, Quota System, Immigration Act

  • Violence: KKK, Hiram Wesley Evans, Lynching, Anti-Semitism

  • Fighting Back: ACLU, Marcus Garvey, Back-to-Africa Movement, Anti- Defamation League

  • Women’s Rights: League of Women Voters, Equal Rights Amendment, Increases in Education & Jobs, Family Planning

Popular Culture

  • The Harlem Renaissance: Harlem, New York, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, N.A.A.C.P, James Weldon Johnson, Marcus Garvey

  • Popular Art: American Artists i.e. Georgia O’Keeffe,

  • Literature: The Lost Generation, American Authors i.e. Earnest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • Spectator Sports: Football, Baseball, Swimming, Sports Stars i.e. Babe Ruth

Entertainment & Media

  • Print & Radio: Print Media, Radio Programs, RCA,

  • Movies: Sound Motion Pictures, The Jazz Singer , Movie Stars

  • The Jazz Age: Improvisation, Night Clubs, Jazz Musicians i.e. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, The Cotton Club

  • Dance Fads: Charleston, Dance Marathon

Societal Changes

  • Expansion of Education:

  • Flappers: Double Standard, Changing Fashion Trends, Zelda Sayre

  • Prohibition, Volstead Act, Speakeasies, Bootlegging, 21st Amendment, Organized Crime

Project Options:


In this project students will design an interactive book that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of their topic and how it relates to the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Design a story around your research topic. It must be based on historical research; this would mean historical people, places, and events are weaved into a fictional plot. The following are required elements.

  • Paper that is no bigger than 81/2 X 11 inch

  • Illustrations can be done by hand or computer generated.

  • 50% of the pages should include at least one interactive element (pop-up, foldout, texture, pull tab, scent, etc.)

  • Cover should contain Title, Author, and historical visuals that relate to the topic/story.

  • The first page should be a Table of Contents showing the book organization.

  • Time and effort must be evident in construction, spelling, and design of book.



For this project, you will create a newspaper for your topic. You are to imagine you are newspaper journalist living in a specific region of the United States (North, South, or Midwest) in the late 1920’s. Your job is to document the changes, events, and issues or the time/place with accuracy and creativity. The following are required elements:

  • Create a proper banner, or heading, for your paper( includes, date, price, name of paper)

  • Headline feature story that highlights your topic’s central idea

  • A minimum of one news article per group member.

  • Editorial (takes a particular point of view about your topic)

  • Letter to the Editor(personal opinion on a small matter)

  • Include at least 4 of the following: Weather map, advertisement, food section, religion report, Dear Abby, fashion, business report, classified ads, city life, entertainment section, interview, political cartoons from time period

  • In addition to the above, include a number of illustrations, map, chart, graphics, etc. related to the news stories.

  • All articles have headings, all pages are numbered, articles are in columns, no formatting errors, font no larger than 11 point

  • Time and effort must be evident in the appearance of you newspaper



For this project student will create a 3-D museum exhibit highlighting the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Each exhibit in your museum must have a written plaque that introduces museumgoers to the importance of the changes that took place in America during this time period. Each plaque should contain at least one paragraph to explain that portion of the exhibit. You must arrange each exhibit in the logical, artful way. Each exhibit of your museum must combine at least 3 graphic elements listed below. A caption should accompany each graphic element.

  • Pictures Collages

  • Diorama Maps

  • Symbols Replications of art and artifacts

  • Music

  • Important Quotes

  • Charts and Tables

  • Copies of Primary Source Documents

  • Timelines Computer Generated Displays

  • Illustrations



For this project students will produce a skit on the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Using acting, staging, costumes, and props, students will show the progression of change that occurred with your topic. The skit may be presented live or submitted on video. The following are requirements.

  • Must submit a type written script

  • Reenactments must be true to the time period.

  • Quotes from 1920s people who are related to your topic must be incorporated into the skit

  • Skit must be between 5-10 minutes long

  • The skit must capture the mood and emotion of the topic.

  • Preparation and energy should be evident in the presentation of lines (acting) of the skit.

  • Staging, costumes, and use of props must demonstrate a clear strategy by the director.

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