Chapter 20 From Business Culture to Great Depression: The Twenties, 1920-1932 Part I (818-836) 1) What products became a staple of the 1920’s and how did these new products help create a “new society”? The 1920’s symbolized an era of prosperity for many middle class Americans. This led to new consumer goods such as radios, cars, and beauty products. This was due to the expansion of credit, causing automobiles and products to be within the salary range for an average American. This was helped by people such as Henry Ford, which made cars available to that average American. 2) How did the consumer culture of 1920’s impact factory workers and farmers? Consumer culture of the 1920’s helped to impact factory workers and farmers through the idea that the employers made it so that the employees could buy the product. This caused the sales to go up because a big percentage of workers now had more money to buy the products. This impacted factory workers and farmers in that they had more money and it became easier to switch classes and gain more opportunities. 3) How did the presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge help to fuse government and business like no other time in American history? The presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge helped to fuse government and business in different ways. Harding’s administration was known as one of the most corrupt in American history. He constantly surrounded himself with people who used their offices for private gain. Coolidge was the opposite, vetoing bills he thought were unfair and saying he felt the government had no business with the market. 4) Complete the Voices of Freedom questions. a. Why does Siegfried feel Europeans no longer find America understandable? He feels that Europeans don’t find Americans understandable because they related to the morals of the Americans prior to the Progressive Era. He thinks that Europeans believe that America’s standards for liberty have become too high. He states that they believe that America should still have biblical definitions of liberty.