Trends in the Post War 1920s


  1. On of the major trends of the 1920s was Nativism.
  2. Nativism is a prejudice against foreign born people.
    1. Americans felt prejudice toward foreign born people because they felt that it was foreign born peeople were undesirable, were taking the jobs of Americans, and were to blame for WWI.
    2. Americans were especially prejudice toward German, Italian, and Irish born immigrants.
  3. During the 1920s the U.S. even passed an immigration quota system, which limited the number of immigrants that could enter the U.S. from each foreign country.
1920 Nativism Cartoon.


  1. Isolationism was another major trend of the 1920s.
  2. Isolationism - Policy of pulling away from involvement in world affairs
    1. Basically, the United States wanted to isolate itself from other areas of the world so that it could avoid becoming involved in future conflicts.isolationism.gif

Cartoon on Isolationsim

Red Scare:

  1. Communism - An economic and political system based on single-party government meant to equalize wealth and power.
    1. Communism is also based on the theory that the government should control all property and all means of industrial production.
    2. Usually lends itself to corruption.
  2. Red Scare - Period of extreme and irrational fear of Communism in the U.S. in the 1920s.
    1. Resulted in the violation of many Civil Liberties.
      1. Palmer Raids
      2. Sacco and Vanzetti - Watch the video below:

Ku Klux Klan:

  1. Duing the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan's membership in the United States rose dramatically.
  2. The KKK targeted blacks, Jews, Catholics, and foreigners and used violence in an attempt to keep these groups from obtaining their full civil rights.
The KKK and African Americans meet face to face in Florida in the 1920s.

Labor Unrest:

  1. During the 1920s, the following groups all held massive worker strikes in an attempt to improve working conditions and wages in their industries:
    1. Boston Police
    2. Steel Mill Workers
    3. Coal Miners