"Return to normalcy" was a 1920 United States presidential campaign slogan that helped Warren G. Harding become the 29th U.S. president, but the phrase also had an ironic significance because the 1920s were a decade of great change, not all of it positive. The slogan was based on the premise that the nation was tired of reform policies and the turbulence of the World War I years. The 1920s, however, became known as the "Roaring Twenties," witnessed the rise of organized crime as a result of the bootlegging trade that developed after the passage of the prohibition laws and ended with the Great Depression.Know More
Up until the Great Depression, the 1920s saw an overall growth of business and the economy through increased consumer spending, highly effective advertising and marketing strategies, numerous corporate mergers and the wide-scale application of Henry Ford's moving assembly line in production systems. The "Lost Generation" emerged during this time. Influential American writers such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis left their marks on literature, while many who viewed with disdain what they perceived as narrow-mindedness and materialism became expatriates.
Alienation from the predominant value system began to be displayed in a new 1920s lifestyle that signaled a significant and growing rejection of traditional culture. During this time, President Harding's administration was plagued by corruption, including embezzlement and influence peddling. His presidency was cut short by a fatal heart attack believed by some historians to have been the result of the stress caused by the many high-level scandals he was forced to deal with.Learn More
John F. Kennedy's official campaign slogan was "A Time for Greatness," which appeared in his campaign brochure for the election of 1960 and in many of his promotional materials. He additionally used the slogans "We can do better" and "Let's get this country moving again."Full Answer >
Bacon's Rebellion was a conflict, which occurred in Jamestown, VA, some people believe to be the first act of colonial defiance leading up to the American Revolution. In 1676, Governor Sir William Berkeley was challenged by Nathaniel Bacon for political control of Jamestown. The conflict officially began when Bacon raided and attacked the local Indians.Full Answer >
Shays’ Rebellion exposed the imperfections of political, social and economic life in post-Revolutionary Massachusetts and the United States more broadly. The rebellion took place in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1786 under the leadership of voter and discontented Massachusetts citizen Daniel Shays.Full Answer >
The Little Rock Nine were significant as symbols of the difference between the changing federal laws concerning segregation in the 1950s and opposing public sentiment about the laws in the deep South. Widespread media coverage of their treatment led to public awareness of the problem of segregation and eventual profound change in the school systems.Full Answer >