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Exam #2 The roaring 20’s was a period filled with excitement, fear, and growth. Three major plans during this time were Jazz, Ku Klux Klan, and religion. These three topics instigated different reactions throughout the American society. The Ku Klux Klan was originally started in 1865 and ended in 1871. This meant the one that appeared in the 1920’s was not the original but a continuation of the Klan’s era. Unlike the original Klan who had a specific plan that involved white supremacy and nationalism, anti- immigration, and a specific religion, the Klan of 1920 had broader objectives than this old version. The Klan of the 1920’s sought to uphold whites, native-born individuals, protestant religions and supremacy. This time their reputation soared compared to the late 1800’s. They were popular with the less-educated rural individuals and unlike the older version they were even popular outside of the South. They raised money and helped friends and neighbors in need. Many of the Klan members were able to rise to power by being elected for state and local governments. But just like the older group, this Klan was able to use fear to gain power and instill their views. Using intimidations and violence, the new Klan threatened many communities. They took out vigilante justice to suspected bootleggers, wife beaters, and adulterers. They also forced schools to stop teaching the theory of evolution. Women were also popular with this Klan. Because they vowed to protect the “virtue” of women, housewives and other women sometimes appealed to the Klan for help in punishing unfaithful husbands. Jazz the music of the soul. Or that’s what we call it now, back in the 1920’s there were those who saw Jazz as a demonic and barbaric evolution of African American folk music. Jazz created a blazing intimacy between the performer and the audience. In the 1920’s Jazz meant something sexual or illegal. There were many controversies on the dangerous influences this
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music had on the young society. Many states enacted laws to stop the spread of Jazz. The older individuals saw this music as an infection that corrupted the young minds of the young and caused violence and an increased libido. They believed listening to this music caused you to do uncontrollable things and make you lose your racial identity.

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