Roaring Twenties Research Paper

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The Roaring Twenties The 1920’s, deemed the roaring twenties, brought the American People many new things including jazz, popularity of movies and cars, radios, economic prosperity, new industries, and a uniform mass society. Even through all these positive outcomes it’s still my opinion the 1920’s was one of the worst decades for America. The 1920’s brought us the worst economic recession in America’s history which alone puts it on the list for worst decades, but it also brought us organized crime, the rise of the KKK, and huge government corruption. The roaring twenties was not as an accepting era as many people think. When I think of the 1920’s I think of jazz playing and everyone dancing together happily doing the Charleston. There …show more content…
It definitely wasn’t any worse than the other time periods around it, it’s just not as great as it was chalked up to be. The immigration act of 1924 is the biggest example of continued intolerance. The Immigration act dropped the numbers of immigrants allowed in by big amounts. For example only 50 filipinos were allowed into AMerica Per year. (The Immigration Act of 1924 (The Johnson-Reed Act)) Along with the major movements in the US government some more hidden things were going on behind the scene. The Ku Klux Klan, which before the “progressive era” was on its last leg, started to explode in popularity. Halfway through the 1920’s the number of klansmen were estimated at three million to eight million. The KKK had become so powerful that they enacted the “decade strategy”. Each Klans member recruited 10 people to vote for Klan candidates in elections. They succeeded in engineering government positions including the of mayor portland, Oregon and placed enough Klansman 's to effect the state governments of Colorado and Indiana. However not all was bad. The ballooning of the KKK’s power can also be contributed to the fact of the migration of …show more content…
The first two varieties of corruption in the government are intermingled with other negative things happening in the roaring twenties. The first was the infiltration of government officials that pushed the KKK’s agenda. The second being bribery from the prohibition. Once higher level organized gangs started emerging, like the famous Al Capone in Chicago, they couldn’t get by with just bribing lower level police officers anymore. Pretty soon the politicians overseeing districts with higher level gangs were taking in bribes to turn a blind eye. (Hales, Taylor) Even past the local and state government were having problems with bribery and greed. The key example of this was the “Teapot Dome Scandal” where secretary of the interior Albert Fall was given control over oil reserves for the navy but then leased the oil reserves to two private oil companies for bribes. He was quickly found out and was sent to jail being the first cabinet member of America to go be incarcerated. (The Editors of Encyclopædia

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