The Roaring 20's.

Essay by CryoKillSwitch May 2003

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The 1920's should be known as the Roaring 20's. When its brief turn came, it had to be the biggest, the loudest, and the brightest. A calamity gave it birth, and a calamity ended it. It was a decade of giants, like none before or since.

Before we went through this chapter I really didn't know what happened in the 1920's. I knew a lot of famous people were around back then. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone and Bugsy Malone, Albert Einstein, and Harry Houdini were around back then and that's all I knew. Now I'm finding out tat the world was totally flipped upside down with the end of World War I. I now know how the Depression began and all about prohibition. Everything we knew before the war completely reversed and we went straight downhill. Also, a lot about the Ku Klux Klan that I didn't know about was brought up, and gave me new insight into our shortcomings as a nation.

Roaring means loud, noisy, busy, active, deafening, or thunderous. That one word sums up everything that happened in the 1920's.

One of the many thunderous things were the deafening amounts of scandals and prejudice.

For example, the palmer raids. Attorney General Palmer, wanted to be president so he went to radical measures to combat radicals, including violating civil rights. He set up the FBI to arrest and deport communists, socialists, and anarchists.

Another example would be the Sacco and Venzetti Trial. They were two Italian Anarchists accused of murder and robbery. Judge Thayer was so biased that no matter how good their defense was, he would find some way of making them guilty. He had them executed on circumstantial evidence.

The Ku Klux Klan was a major part of prejudice. They were for...