15 October 2010
The Roaring Twenties
For many Americans, the growth of cities, the rise of a consumer culture, and the
so-called "revolution in morals and manners" represented liberation from the restrictions
of the country's Victorian past. But for others, the United States seemed to be changing
in undesirable ways. The result was a thinly veiled "cultural civil war," in which a
pluralistic society clashed bitterly over such issues as foreign immigration, evolution, the
Ku Klux Klan, and race.
In “A More Perfect Union”, there is evidence that these issues
existed and the growth of our nation was occurring.
The 1920’s was a decade of
profound cultural conflicts and exciting social changes.
The conflicts of the 1920s were primarily cultural, pitting a more cosmopolitan,
modernist, urban culture against a more provincial, traditionalist, rural culture.
decade witnessed a titanic struggle between an old and a new America. Immigration,
race, alcohol, evolution, gender politics, and sexual morality--all became major cultural
battlefields during the 1920s. Religious modernists battled religious fundamentalists,
those favoring immigration restrictions battled immigrants, and urban ethnics battled the
Ku Klux Klan.
Before World War I, American industry, steamship companies, and railroads
promoted immigration and financed groups opposed to immigration restriction. The
United States did institute registration and literacy requirements for immigrants; yet,