Pictures of the 1920s
The KKK was extremely dominant in the 1920s. They fought against blacks, catholics, immigrants and anybody who did not share their WASP views.
The most significant communication innovation of the 1920s was the radio. It allowed americans across the nation to listen to political speeches, musical shows, dramas and comedies. By the end of the decade 90% of the people in our nation owned a radio.
On October 29, 1929 the United States saw the stock market crash. This event impacted almost every american because many had been involved in the market. Others who had never played the market lost their savings because the banks they placed their saving in, loaned that money to people who were involved in the market.

Babe Ruth - outfielder for the New York Yankees.
He hit 60 Homeruns in one year.
The Jazz Singer - starring Al Jolson was the very first "talkie". Movies were a major part of 1920s culture and life


Alphonse Gabriel Capone
Born - 1899
Died - 1947
Mob Boss in Chicago during the 1920s
Alphonse Gabriel Capone is remembered as one of the most fierce mob boss in the history of organized crime in the United States. Born in New York, Capone moved to Chicago in 1923 and began his reign of terror during the era of prohibition. Capone's headquarters were located in the Lexington Hotel in Ciero, Illinois outside of Chicago. The most famous action of Capone and his gangsters is know as the St Valentine's Day Massacre. On Feburary 14, 1929 Capone eliminated his bootlegging competiton. The gang wars had begun some 5 years earlier and Capone vowed to get revenge on those who challenged him, especially the leaders of the rival gang, the Northsiders led by Dion O'Bannion. All 7 leaders of the gang were killed and Capone took control of the bootlegging, gambling and prostition in the Chicago area.

Al Capone's impact on the United States in the 1920's is significant. He provided alcohol to speakeasies throughout the midwest. Capturing him and sending him to prison became a national desire of the FBI and President Hoover. Eventually it was Eliott Ness and a group of IRS men who were able to bring Capone to his knees. he was never convicted of murder or bootlegging, but of tax evasion. Al Capone took organized crime to a new level in our nation.
Evaluation of the Decade

The 1920s"
The Decade of Boom and Bust

The 1920s is a decade of contrasts. The decade is characterized by a period of economic and technological expansion and then the worst economic disaster in the history of the United States. Coming out of World War I, the United States was ready to cut loose. Women who had gone to work while the nation was at war, now had money to spend. They earned the right to vote at the beginning of the decade with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Their lives were made much easier with the advent of labor saving devices like washing machines, vacuums and refrigerators. This provided women with money, free time and a new scence of power to explore all that life had to offer. Young women often discarded the ideals of previous generations and decided that smoking, drinking and going out were things they wanted to experience. This new generation, called flappers, danced to the newest music craze - jazz.