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The 1920s

The 1920s

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching The Roaring TwentiesTeacher Pass

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Politics in the Roaring Twenties
    • Why did the Republican Party dominate national politics during the decade?
    • What was attractive about "normalcy"?
    • What was wrong with the Democrats?
    • What lesson might political parties learn from their dysfunction?
    • Why do political parties periodically find it difficult to avoid this sort of internal division?
    • What were the positives and negatives of the pro-business policies pursued by the decade’s republican presidents?
      • What statistics support these conclusions?
    • Must “pro-business” policies always lead to these sorts of divergent results? (economic growth, maldistribution of income)
    • What led to the corruption of the decade?
    • Was it the fault of Harding or of his pro-business policies?