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Introduction

You Decide:  How would you describe the 1920s?  Did they 'Roar' or was it just a big 'Yawn'?
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The decade was called the "Roaring '20s." Hollywood movies and television make it look like one big dance party with a few gangsters thrown in for dramatic purposes. Historians, journalists, and novelists are fascinated with the 1920s as the beginning of modern America -- a decade that helped set the tone for the rest of the century. But the twenties also saw the Scopes trial, a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, new restrictions on immigration, and ongoing rural poverty.


photo of a sharecropper plowing

So how would you describe the 1920s?  Did they 'Roar' or was it just a big 'Yawn?'

ROAR or YAWN




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