The 1920s...Beyond the Glitter
"Delve into a study of the 1920s, the legendary but misunderstood decade. Take a closer look at the American time period that followed World War I that was marked by significant and dramatic social, economic, and political changes."
Between the Wars
"Watch this video exploration of the American policies of neutrality, isolationism, and internationalism in the decades preceding World War II. Find out that even though Americans wanted to remain isolated, world events made neutrality impossible."
In Search of History: The Scopes Monkey Trial
"In 1925, the fledgling American Civil Liberties Union wanted to challenge the constitutionality of the Butler Law, a ruling forbidding the teaching of evolutionary theory in public schools. For its test case, it selected the trial of John Scopes, who’d briefly taught Darwinism as a substitute biology teacher. But when celebrated lawyers William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow arrived to argue the case, the quiet procedural matter exploded into a media carnival. This program captures the historic courtroom drama that drew reporters from around the world to the tiny Bible-belt town of Dayton, Tennessee."
The Prohibition Years
"This American Justice program traces the origins of organized crime in the U.S., from the Irish bootleggers to the arrival of the Italian Mafia, which cracked down on the Irish and Jewish gangs."
The Reckless Years: 1919-1929
"This program demonstrates how corruption, government inaction and a laissez-faire economic policy contributed to the worst depression in the nation's history."
The Roaring Twenties
"Best known for its flappers, gangsters, and jazz, the Roaring Twenties was also an era of social tensions and political change. This program is a time capsule of a boisterous era that began with a surge of hope and ended on the verge of the Great Depression. Topics include the presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the post-World War I “return to normalcy,” the economic boom and the affordable Model T, the Red Scare, Garveyism, the Scopes trial, Prohibition, and the unique pop culture of the decade."
"Conventional wisdom enshrines the 1920s as the decade that roared—a time in which Americans kicked up their heels to the Charleston and went for one long joyride before the Wall Street crash of 1929. As this Bill Moyers program illustrates, those things did happen, but so did many others—not all of them fondly remembered. Nineteen Americans who lived through those years talk about their lives in the 1920s. From labor strikes to the Scopes trial to the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti… from poverty to racial segregation to political scandals…"
The '20s: From Illusion to Disillusion
"The wild and crazy ’20s... the Jazz Age... the dangerous decade that laid the groundwork for many of the debacles of the remainder of the century. The end of World War I marked the end of the sufferings of war, and of the standards and expectations of the 19th century: hems came up, morality was redefined, and the search was on for the new. The ’20s were a fertile time for artistic innovation and for dictatorships—the cruelties of the Bolshevik Revolution were only a prologue to the works of Stalin; Mussolini rose to power; Poland’s democracy died; Hitler’s Brown Shirts made themselves known. The decade of technological innovation, of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and Jack Dempsey’s heavyweight championship, of Sacco and Vanzetti, of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, of Coco Chanel and the Charleston ended with the stock market debacle of 1929, the crash heard round the world."
(The Roaring Twenties)