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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.

1. Could we call the economic boom of the 1990s, the "Roaring Nineties"?

2. How different is American life in the 1920s from the way we live today? How is it the same?

3. Think about the forces that are shaping America in the first decade of the 21st Century. What name would you give to this new decade?


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