1920s US History Notes

1920s US History Notes - 1920s Great Depression New Deal...

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1920s – Great Depression – New Deal – Rise of Fascism / Militarism up until WWII – US History  Notes 2 Views 1920 President Andrew Mellon Washington Conference 1921 Positive – The 1920s looked great if you grew up in the  1930s. o Dancing, fads, sports, gangsters, money, etc. Negative Reality – ¼ of the population in poverty, corruption,  crime, discrimination of blacks, foreigners. o Wages were low, etc. Warren G. Harding (1920-1923) Newspaper man of Marion, Ohio. Senator and conservative Republican Slogan “return to normalcy” He liked to be liked, and most of America liked him. o Prohibition didn’t stop him o Golfed whenever, etc. o Media didn’t care; they would be attacking the  President if they wrote about him. o Possibly the worst corrupt President, though the Ohio  Gang was behind much of the corruption. o Harding himself was like Grant, unaware of what  happened Secretary of the Treasury (1921-1932) – longest ever in  position. A favorite of big businesses, he did what benefited them. Hosted by Charles Evans Hughes After WWI, people were against anything war related. Disarmament was a big thing, so this covered that.
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Administrative Scandals (p488) Harding Charles Forbes After WWI, a cabinet office was created called the Veterans  Bureau o To take care of Veteran physical problems. o Set up hospitals and clinics. o Forbes was put in charge of this. o He needed to order a lot of equipment, so he would  buy two with government money for the price of one,  and sell them both for lower prices, pocketing money. o The book keeper felt guilty, and shot himself in a park. o He left the info on where the purchasing books were. o Forbes was sent to prison for embezzling, and Harding  was not aware of this. Harry M. Dougherty Appointed Attorney General of the US. Took bribes from gangs who didn’t want to be arrested. He lied to Harding until he was busted. Teapot Dome Government bought oil fields for the navy to utilize. o Elk River CA and Teapot Dome in Wyoming Albert Fall – Got them to transfer down a level to the interior  dept. Contacted Harry Sinclair and sold them for cheap to his gas  stations Fall got money back, Government got them in 1923. July 23 – Harding went to Alaska, 1 st  President to do so. On the way back, he got a message regarding some  scandals.
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Calvin Coolidge 1924 Election 1928 Election of 1928 This Vice President becomes President after Harding’s death. He was informed at 2 A.M. of his new job.
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