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HIST 2057, Week 4

by: Taylor Wilson

HIST 2057, Week 4 HIST 2057

Taylor Wilson
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America in the 1920s
The United States From 1865 to the Present
Catherine Jacquet
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1920s, prohibition, us, history, America
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Date Created: 09/13/16
Week 4: 06/28 – 07/01 America in the 1920s Decade of Prosperity The beginning of modern America  Development of consumer economy  Us becomes wealthiest economy in he world  Per capita income increases 30%  Industrial output increases 60%  Unemployment at 5% Productivity and Economic output  Modern assembly line  Automobile production rises – assembly line o 1.5 million  4.8 million cars  Model T first introduced in 1908 o Henry ford made production more efficient o 93 minutes to make one model T  Fords assembly line is adopted in other industries  By 1929, half of all Americans own a car  1903 Henry Ford uses modern assembly line, reduced cost, quicker, more efficient  Affordable cars  More Americans but cars and move out to suburbs because the city was expensive dirty, and they can now drive to work  Connected more rural populations with civilization o Famers have a car, can go into town more often, more mobility  First time US borrowed money on a large scale o They encouraged companies to do this US on the global stage  Multinational corporations dominate the economy  US investments overseas exceed other nations  US dollar replaces British pound  US companies- 85% of the world’s card, 40% of the world’s manufactured goods  Buying and controlling companies and raw materials overseas Consumer goods  Advertisements rapidly change daily life  Coke starts aggressively advertising  Goal is to make people believe that they need these products 1 Week 4: 06/28 – 07/01 Mass entertainment  1929: more leisure activity o 80 million movie attendance  Radios and phonographs o 1923 – 190,000 phonograph production o 1929 – 10 million radios  Celebrity culture o Charlie Chaplin o Babe Ruth o Charles Lindbergh  First transatlantic flight in 1927 Limits to prosperity  Average American is buying these products on credit  Uneven distribution of wealth o 1929, 1% of nation’s bank control half its financial resources o Big auto companies 4/5 of the industry o 1929, majority of families had no savings o 40% of pop in poverty o Plight of the American farmer  3 million migrate out of rural areas   A lot of people move west to CA, to try and make ends meat o Mostly displaced farmers Nativism  Return of the KKK  Moral anxiety o Rise of religious fundamentalism  Spreads into rural areas  1925 March on Robinson, half a million Immigration Restriction  Immigration restriction increased o Quota Act 1921 o National Origin Act of 1924  The acts appease the widespread fear of the “alien other” o Part of the history of the invention of the “illegal aliens”  Different groups at different times deemed undesirable Immigration Law  1921 Quota Act (temporary) – 357,000 per year (from Europe) 2 Week 4: 06/28 – 07/01  1924 National Origin Act o Restricts to 150,000 per year (from Europe) o National quotas – aimed at Southern and Eastern Europe  No restrictions on immigration from Western Hemisphere o California farms relied on Mexican labor The “Illegal Alien”  1924 National Origin Act est. a new category – The Illegal Alien  Boarder Patrol – create to keep southern and eastern Europeans out of the US o Europeans coming from Mexico and Canada  Huge rise in immigration as industrialization  Huge decrease in immigration during depression 3


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