The Roaring 20’s: Crash Course US History #32

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  • row them a blunt, cuz they wanna go home.

  • "its the only thing in the world I'm acually good at!" says renowned award winning author and historian who has hundreds of millions of fans and probably knows more than my entire school put together.

  • when will he get shocked ive never seen him get shocked

  • Huh. The film industry moved to Hollywood because it was cheap. Welp, just one more example of how things have drastically changed.

  • My bois Scopes & Darrow


  • The KKK hates immigrants but technically there are immigrants them self

  • Crash Course US History #32 Notes
    – Stereotypical view as the "Roaring 20s"; Decade of exciting change and new cultural ideas
    – Increased personal freedom for many citizens

    Republican Ideas on Economic Policies
    – Use of Laissez-Faire capitalism, which resulted in the government not regulating businesses
    – Republican party dominated politics; Government implementing policies favoring business lobbyist
    – Lower taxes on personal income and business profits + Efforts to weaken the power of unions
    – Fed. Reserve and Fed. Trade Commission had pro-business views (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover)
    – Away from economic regulation favored by the Progressives

    Government Corruption
    – Administration of Warren Harding; Chosen acquaintances in his office was corrupt
    – Attorney General Harry Daugherty accepted money to prevent one's criminal prosecution
    – Interior Secretary Albert Fall who took half a million for leases on government oil reserves

    Business in the 1920s
    – Productivity rose dramatically as older industries adopted Henry Ford's assembly line techniques
    – New industries provided Americans with new products and jobs
    – Annual production of automobiles tripled and automobile companies became monopolies
    – American corporations extended overseas; Foreign investment was greater than any country
    – Dollar replaced pound as the most important currency for trade
    – Example: the US producing 40% of worldwide manufactured goods

    "Labor-saving" Devices
    – Vacuum cleaners, toasters, refrigerators helped Americans had more time for leisure
    – Leisure was provided by radios, baseball matches, dancing, vacations, and most importantly, movies
    – More people had money to go see movies with the establishment of credit

    Celebrities and Culture
    – Ex: Opera singer Enrico Caruso, Comedian Charlie Chaplin, Baseball player Babe Ruth
    – Biggest celebrity was Charles Lindbergh, first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping
    – High culture flourished; Age of "the lost generation of American Writers"

    Migration of African Americans from the South to Northern Cities
    – Harlem became the capital of Black America
    – The Harlem Renaissance rejected stereotypes and prejudice; Sought to celebrate culture.

    Women Expressing their Autonomy
    – "Flappers" kept their hair and skirts short, drank and smoked illegally in public, used birth control
    – Marketers encouraged them to buy products (ex: cigarettes)
    – Most women still expected to marry, have children, and find their freedom at home

    Consumer Debts
    – Acceptable to go into debt to maintain the American "standard of living"
    – If the economy faltered, America was to have great economic problems

    Prosperity in the 1920s
    – Prosperity wasn't equally distributed; Corporate profits rose at twice of real industrial wages
    – 1% of banks controlled 50% of the US' financial resources
    – Wealthiest' income greater than the combined lower half of the population; 40% lived in poverty
    – Americans celebrated big businesses; Importance of Wall Street with many owning stocks
    – Smaller businesses disappeared
    – Unemployment in deindustrialization as textile companies moved their operations South
    – Working class made the majority of Americans; Couldn't afford new technologies
    – Farmers had prospered during WW1 when the government subsidized farm prices
    – Production didn't subside due to mechanization and increased use of fertilizers
    – Farmers' income dropped steadily; Banks foreclose on their property and the number of farms declined

    Supreme Court's Role in the Principles of the US
    – Federal government did ittle or nothing to help farmers or workers
    – Supreme Court kept progressive ideas alive with the creation of "Jurisprudence of Civil Liberties"
    – Still voted to uphold convictions of left-wing critics of the government
    – Gradually accepted that people had the right to express dissonant views; "Marketplace of Ideas"
    – Near vs. Minnesota: Supreme Court shut down censorship of Newspaper

    "Resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
    – A new and "improved" form, which became the largest private organization in Indiana
    – Spurred by the hyper-patriotism that was fostered in WW1; Denounced immigrants, Jews, Catholics
    – More immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe
    – White protestants concerned about losing their dominant position in the social order

    Immigration Restriction in America
    – First immigration restriction bill (1921) limited the number of immigrants from Europe
    – New immigration law in 1994 dropped the numbers and established quotas based on national origin
    – Number of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe was drastically decreased
    – No immigration in Asia, except for Filipinos, were forbidden to immigrate
    – No restriction on America's Western Hemisphere; California farms was dependent on laborers
    – Immigration restrictions influenced by fear of radical anarchist and pseudoscientific ideas on race
    – Whites were seen as scientifically superior to people of color

    Increased Tensions on Education and Religious Beliefs
    – The trial of John Scopes (1925 in Tennessee): Tried for breaking the laws against teaching evolution
    – Scopes was encouraged by the ACLU as a test case for freedom of Speech
    – Prosecuted by William J. Bryan; Resigned as secretary of state + Leader of Fundamentalist movement
    – Lost the trial but gained national attention; Led to evolution being thought in more American schools

  • John’s bias and ignorance shows up in this one more than most. I like these and use many in class. However his very disingenuous attack on Coolidge is either out of a blind spot or bias, either way makes the rest of the information suspect. To attack Calvin Coolidge’s asserting that his statement that “America need to be American” had to do with his ethnicity or race, and that since Coolidge was not an Indian, he was in the wrong is so stupid that I had to write. First, unlike Woodrow Wilson before him and FDR after him, Coolidge never segregated the country on racial/ ethnic lines. Secondly, the native Indians were NOT American, so the argument is ridiculous, they were whatever tribe they belonged to, America came later, and third, Coolidge’s statement was absolutely NOT about race it was about the ideas and culture that created America, that is what he said needed to be protected, in context Coolidge was very concerned about the rise of Fascism and influences from immigrants destroying the idea and the Constitutional values that Woodrow Wilson had started to erode. He wanted to preserve the dream, the ideal and ideas that these immigrants were coming to find and why so many millions came here. In fact Coolidge’s statement is so the exact opposite of what Mr. Green tries to make it, you have to wonder about the truth if anything he is saying.

  • One of our national values is privacy. This is why we have constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure and self incrimination. It's funny when you consider how many of our founding fathers actually participated in criminal behavior (not just treason against Britain).

  • How we like "America" now 🤣

  • Best video ever!!

  • This is the most amazing thing since butter

  • What is that end?

  • “Gatsby turned out alright in the end” but like. Did he tho

  • 10:00 crazy to think that was actually a legitimate concern for them lol

  • 11:09 best part

  • my favorite figure of american history, jerry

  • When are we going to see Stan!!

  • I don’t understand how John can say that the economy flourished and benefited a select few. When the economy flourishes it raises the living standards for all. His hypocrisy can be seen when he says the by the mid 20s over 50% of the population owned a automobile. If a flourishing economy only benefited a few you would not see a rise in the standard of living like this.

  • I got this for homework, he always shows us these videos man speaks so fast.

  • Anyone else see the Pink Floyd references?

  • thank god every single one of them from 1920 is died now

  • End the FED & stock market. Replace silver & crypto.

  • 5:12 and a firm believer in eugenics

  • Gatsby turned out okay?

  • Give me answers to Ed puzzle

  • thank you mr. green for keeping the reality of america real with every single one of these videos

  • Mi amigo no sabe chasquear los dedos o puede ser thanos

  • Coolidge is from Vermont!

  • Hello, me like history.

  • crashcourse is fantastic

  • It's that time… APUSH exam this Friday. Anybody else here grinding?

  • Who’s ready for this AP Exam on Friday

  • Who's watching in 2019?!

  • So we deregulated business and the economy to see a huge boom in business and growth that eventually lead to the great depression. Does anyone else see the irony here?

  • 1929 CRASH !

  • It’s sad watching him in his new videos he’s just not as happy ):

  • Crash course, thank you so much for helping us! This is awesome!

  • Our American values are laid out in the constitution and Declaration of Independence. Those that believe in those values and support our nation, are American. An American can come from anywhere, but they’re values are singular

  • CApitalism and greed those are the american values oh and religion because these go hand in hand, gotta keep the sheeple poor and enslaved…

  • I'm related to Enrico Caruso! Honestly I don't know anything about him other than he was an opera singer

  • cramming this with a conflict+tension and usa history paper on monday. the only way to revise

  • opa gangnam style

  • anyone else here for the gcse on monday?

  • AQA GCSE history anyone??

  • Studying for my social studies praxis. Any educators out there with some tips to hopefully pass the 5081 exam?


  • Tommorow any1

  • The 20's kinda sound like today

  • Sorry to be a smart arse but its Edward Doheny, not Harry Doheny. Harding had another friend invloved in the teapot dome scandal called Harry Sinclair but Doheny's first name is Edward, not Harry

  • Gonna be doing my exam in an hour, thanks 👍

  • dam I think you just help me pass my final thank you 🙂

  • Everyone in the comments is using the for exams and I'm just here trying to research for Call of Cthulhu 😂

  • History repeats itself?! Different immigrants! The reverse kkk! More Democrats!

  • Have a diploma exam later lmao, anyone feel me??

  • This is useful for my class will use it for my students next year, you pronounce leisure strangely

  • eyyyyyy filipinos is LIFE AHHHHHH

  • It's incredible that, until the 1920's, the United States still used the British Pound. It shows that the U.S. used to be a childish, teenge-like version of Great Britain, while it is now a fully fledged adult. It's strange how different our culture is, despite how little time there was between us. History is incredibly fascinating.

  • just know Ford .never hear the rest

  • That Jay Z reference… 👏👏

  • I wonder how many lives he saved

  • Thank youuuuu!!! Lmao ive been dumb and subconsciously pricrastinated revision for my mocks today😂😂

  • The part where he asks if Calvin Coolidge is a native American was really cringy. I get what you're saying but its really dumb.

  • (Leading up to the Great Depression): Staunch conservative Republicans hewed to the policies favored by business lobbyists including lower taxes on business profits and efforts to weaken the power of unions, the presidents stocked the boards of the federal reserve and federal trade commission with men who shared their pro business views shifting the country away from economic regulations, the presidencies were marked by government corruption (re appointed government positions). Big business meant that smaller businesses disappeared, and the number of manufacturing workers declined. Oh, and virtually everyone considered living in debt normal…
    sounding familiar?
    What we don't have today is the industrial and business boom that the 20s had, putting us in an even worse position than we were back then.

  • British, grounded in the 18th century enlightenment values, but with a twist and a different accent. Mostly "Aspirational".

  • All of humanity is immigrants


  • I saw the narrator of Gatsby's sister, dont remember her name

  • That moment when you realize native Americans arent actually native to America at all. And that they in fact have no more claim to being American than any of us.

  • Reject modernism! Embrace traditionalism!

  • Best era…

    Until we got depressed

  • " . . . it's true that Gatsby turned out alright in the end."? Really? I don't remember it that way.

  • Jazz came before the 20s, pls do your research

  • My neck felt weird at @9:46 😮😵

  • FYI, the REAL Native Americans were ancient CAUCASIANS from the region of ancient France thousands of years before the asiatic ancestors of those who call themselves "native Americans" today. They were called Solutreans, and they were here first. Their ancient DNA is still present in some eastern tribes today. So if you want to try and act intelligent, at least get your facts straight.

  • Celebrity Worship is just like religious worship; ill-contrived and unneeded.

  • The Democrat Party and their KKK

  • Liberals

  • You forgot about the stirrings of that wacky Ancient One, Cthulhu!
    Maybe that's why there were so many contradictions runnin' around…

  • In my humble (and very late) opinion, American ideals are freedom, democracy, and acceptance of immigrants and refugees. So the statue of liberty, basically

  • to equate white protestants with the KKK… is evil

  • Nations are allowed to remain places for their nationality. That isn’t a racist viewpoint John.

  • Sounds too familiar

  • plastic surgeons jajajajajajaj

  • Is the guy from scishow your brother?

  • I feel bad for the farmers who lost their farms but the government wasn’t created to subsidize farms. Subsidies take money from one group of people and give it to another. It’s

  • Looking forward to experiencing the '20s again.

  • It would be cool if we had 20s culture (other than debt, economic depression, segregation and KKK)

  • can you really explain it in this modern day of cellphones? you'd would have to of been there to really understand it.

  • the guy off camera knows all the details, put him on………

  • You got almost 10 million subscribers for History. That's crazy.

  • "Immigrants"? White people are the immigrants

  • Is anyone watching this and finding parallels to today?

  • The phrase, “it all goes downhill from here”, is so true in the end of the 20s.

  • Sounds a lot like now

  • Ford, Crystler, and HARLEY DAVIDSON!!

    ..whats that?
    General Motors..

  • Lol love that intro

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