Chapter 26

Chapter 26: The Modern Temper

Research Topics

Reaction in the Twenties


In what ways did Americans react to changes in American society in the years after World War I?

The 1920s marked the arrival of "modernism" in American life. Although many Americans celebrated the transitions in culture and society, others believed that traditional vaues were being attacked and undermined. The turbulence of the immediate post-war era and the backlash against modernism resulted in the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, restrictions of immigration, and a rejection of radicalism.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Closing the Doors: Immigration Act of 1924
  2. The Sacco-Vanzetti Case (1927)
  3. The Klan's Fight for Americanism (1926), Hiram W. Evans
  4. Poster "Monster Mass Meeting" (1920s)
  5. Puck's Immigration Cartoons (1920s)
  6. Daily Worker Cartoons (1927)
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