Early 20th Century

  • Social Unrest after World War I

    After World War I, America went through a great shift in moral and social values. Before the war, most people believed in traditional values of hard work, family, and religion. After the war, many people felt suspicious and afraid. They disagreed on what should happen in America.   Schools adopted…


  • The American Economy after World War I

    The American Economy after World War I

    Immediately after World War I, America went through an economic downturn but quickly recovered. In fact, Americans had never had so much money or so much free time. New advances in technology meant that products could be made more quickly and cheaply than ever before. In 1927, the U.S. dollar…


  • World War I’s Aftermath

    World War I’s Aftermath

    World War I officially ended on November 11, 1918 when allied leaders signed an armistice with the Triple Alliance. The armistice was signed in a railroad car in a forest in France near the front line. “The war to end all wars” was finally over. Over 6.6 million civilians and…


  • Lifestyles and Legends of the Roaring Twenties

    Lifestyles and Legends of the Roaring Twenties

    World War I changed the way many people felt about life. The younger generation, in particular, wanted to throw off old conservative values in favor of a “modern” life. Most Americans had more money and more leisure time than ever and they enjoyed being entertained. The arts, including literature, movies,…


  • America Enters World War I

    America Enters World War I

    President Wilson had urged neutrality and was determined to keep America out of World War I, until 1917, when Germany U-boats (submarines) began attacking U.S. cargo ships. The last straw came when Germany demanded that Mexico invade the U.S. Fun Facts The American war effort took time and preparation, starting…


  • World War I: The Beginnings

    World War I: The Beginnings

    European countries had, for many years, been divided by a system of alliances. Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary had created the Triple Alliance in 1882. Russia, Great Britain, Belgium, and France formed alliances between 1894 and 1907. The countries in these alliances pledged to offer support and aid if one of…


  • Growing American Influence

    Growing American Influence

    The spanish American war was a changing point for America because it highlighted the nation’s growing military might to the world. When Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt took office after President William McKinley was assassinated, he quickly moved to capitalize on America’s new-found influence. Fun Facts War broke out between the Japanese…


  • The Spanish-American War

    The Spanish-American War

    Compared to Europe and Asia, America is a young country, yet it gained prosperity and power very quickly. During the 1800s, the United States, for the most part, kept out of foreign affairs. But when the U.S. came to the aid of Cuba in the Spanish-American war, it suddenly became…


  • Automobiles and Airplanes

    Automobiles and Airplanes

    Before the Industrial Revolution, most people were born, lived, and died within a fairly small geographical area (with the exception of pioneers and homesteaders). The Industrial Revolution drew people away from rural communities to work in cities. Then, two major inventions made it even easier for people to travel: airplanes…


  • The Titanic

    The Titanic

    New inventions, such as the telephone, electric lights, trolleys, and the first movie cameras, created a sense of optimism and trust in the power of engineering and scientific discovery. Architects built towering skyscrapers and opulent public buildings; engineers built automobiles, airplanes, and cruise liners. This sense of limitless possibilities was…