The following information was presented
in this chapter:
After WWI the United States was ready to focus on keeping peace and
increasing economic prosperity.
The nation developed new attitudes about trade, foreign pollicies,
entertainment, and spending. After a hard start, the United States
began to build their economy. However, many of their new attitudes
and changes in society led to problems in the 1930s.
- In an effort to stay out of future conflicts,
the United States developed an Isolationist attitude. This attitude
affected both trade and involvement with foreign countries and the
attitude about immigrants.
- With all of the soldiers returning from war, there became an unemployment
problem due to the increase in people looking for jobs.
- The increased use of electricity helped factories become more
productive which led to
more jobs, and more spending.
- Ford used the assembly line to make cars faster and cheaper.
This meant more people could own cars and travel.
- Higher car sales also helped the glass, steel, and rubber industries.
This also led to more jobs.
- Many changes in society happened during the 1920s:
1. The increase in jobs led to a growth in urban
2. The increase in productivity gave the middle class more leisure
3. Mass culture began
around radio and movies.
4. Women gained the right to vote.
5. Prohibition was passed.
- The 1920s solutions and many of its changes led to the beginnings
of problems in the 1930s. Problems included:
1. Unequal distribution
3. Unstable bank and stock market systems.
Important dates to remember:
1919- end of WWI.
1925- Ford Model T was produced.
1927- First motion picture with sound.
1930- 30% of businesses used electricity.
Who's who in this chapter:
John Scopes challenged state law by teaching scientific ideas
Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover: Presidents
from 1912 through 1932.
Henry Ford built the model T car.