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(Ca. 1920-1970)

Traditions and cultural norms help bind people and nations together; sometimes, those holding fast to traditions find themselves in tension with others who push for reform. The 20th century was a time when these tensions were evident in many aspects of American culture, including the changes in social mores in the "roaring '20s" and the subsequent emergence and ascendency of social change and civil rights movements. Various counter-cultural movements have similarly questioned traditional values and governmental policies. Balancing tradition and reform continues to challenge Americans into the 21st century.

Possible Guiding Questions to Consider:

  • How have opportunities and personal freedoms changed over time for different groups of Americans?
  • How do historians determine causal factors that lead to social changes?
  • What functions do traditions serve in communities and cultures?
  • Why do historians refer to the 1920s as "roaring"?
  • To what degree have the main objectives of the various civil rights movements from this period been attained?
  • Why did the Vietnam War inspire counter-cultural movements?
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.& the Power of Nonviolence
    This lesson introduces students to the philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s views. After considering the political impact of this philosophy and viewing videos about each man, including Dr. King discussing Gandhi's influence, students explore its relevance to personal life and contemporary society.
  • Our Documents - 100 Milestone Documents
    List of 100 milestone documents that chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.This site also provides excellent links, including History Day.

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