Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 14: Crash 

Thought Questions

  • How did attitudes in the 1920s contribute to the crash at the end of the decade?
  • What warning signs of the 1929 crisis were ignored? 
  • Describe the differences that urban and rural Americans experienced during the 1920s and their reaction to the crisis of 1929?
  • How did the international financial situation effect the 1920s in America?
  • Who was Andrew Mellon and what was his response to the crash and depression? 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 13: The Big Fight 

Thought Questions

  • Who was Jack Dempsey and how did he represent the ambitions of the generation of working class turn of the century Americans?
  • In what ways were the lives Jack Dempsey, Bessie Smith and F. Scott Fitzgerald similar? 
  • How did boxing represent the social spirit of the Roaring 20s? 
  • How did boxing represent the social reality of the Roaring 20s? 
  • How did boxing represent the social change of the Roaring 20s?
  • In what ways was the spirit of boxing symbolic of the disconnect between the image and reality of the 1920s American life beyond issues of race, religion, gender and economic class? 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 12: The Spirit Of St. Louis 

Thought Questions

  • How was Charles Lindbergh and how was he involved in the beginning of aviation?
  • How was Charles Lindbergh’s lifestyle and attitude symbolic of America in the 20s? 
  • What role did the US Post Office play in advancing early aviation? 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 11: “Yes, We Have No Bananas Today” 

Thought Questions

  • How did the Klan exploit religion to advance their beliefs?
  • What was the “Scopes Trial” and its background?
  • What was the immediate cause of the trial and what were the broader implications? 
  • How did American localism (when local interests play a strong role in a community in relation to broader organizations such as state or regional affiliations) play a role in the Scopes Trial? 
  • Who was Williams Jennings Bryan and what was his background? 
  • Who was Billy Sunday and what role did he play in American culture? 
  • What was the immediate and long term effect of the Scopes Trial? 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 10: The New Yorker 

Thought Questions

  • What was(is) “The New Yorker” and how did it reflect and influence American culture?
  • How did the increase in the literacy level and the spread of information effect American life in the 1920s? 
  • How is the anarchism of the previous generation reflected in the literature of the 1920s? 
  • How did the literary world of the 1920s effect American views on gender roles and sexuality? 
  • How did European ideas filter into American consciousness in the 1920s? 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 9: In Exile 

(This is not my favorite chapter in an otherwise enjoyable book. If you prefer an alternative read The Waste Lands (free for Kindle) and the biography of T.S. Eliot and consider the American Literature book we start next: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Thought Questions

  • What purpose did the author have in telling the story of American Exiles in Europe?
  • How is the experience of Americans in European Exile related to Jazz Age American culture?
  • Who was F. Scott Fitzgerald? 
  • Who was T.S. Eliot and how does his work “The Waste Land” relate to Jazz Age America? 

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Supplemental American Literature Reading

This is one of my favorite pieces of American literature. Its an enjoyable and intelligent book, quaint and flawed, but meaningful and something pleasant to read before falling asleep (some books can disturb sleep and are best read before bed).

 

Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 8: The Ku Klux Klan Redux 

Thought Questions

  • How was the second Klan formed and what were its purposes? 
  • What were the characteristics of the second Klan? 
  • In what ways did local conditions effect the way the Klan operated? 
  • What role did religion play in the beliefs and actions of the Klan? 
  • How did the Klan mix racial ideology with nationalism? 

Supplemental Viewing

Please be aware that some primary sources that we will be looking at will contain graphic content, often shocking and offensive (words that scarcely begin to describe the above film). History is not pretty, it is not politically correct and it is not intended to make anyone comfortable. I will try and label graphic content, I can understand not wanting to view things like this. 

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Anything Goes by Lucy Moore – Chapter 7: Fear Of The Foreign 

Thought Questions

  • How did Italian immigrant terrorism effect the United States? 
  • In what ways was Italian immigrant terrorism political and in other ways economic? 
  • What were the characteristics, motives and methods of anarchists in the United States? 

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