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The 1920s - Erica Hanson
Call Number: 973.91 COL
ISBN: 1560065524
Discusses the political, economic, and cultural life of the United States in the 1920s, including prohibition, the higher standard of living, the Teapot Dome scandal, barnstorming, and flappers.

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The 1920s - Richard Tames
Call Number: 909.82 TAM
ISBN: 0531141829
Text and pictures describe the events, fashions, inventions, and personalities of the 1920s.

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The 1920s : from prohibition to Charles Lindbergh - Stephen Feinstein
Call Number: 973.9 FEI
ISBN: 0766016102
A chronicle of the 1920s, including the fads, triumphs, tragedies, and fashions of that decade.

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1920s : the Hulton Getty picture collection - [edited by] Nick Yapp
Call Number: 909.82 YAP
ISBN: 3829005199
A collection of photographs that depict life in the 1920s, grouped in the categories of movers and shakers, haves and have-nots, work, leisure, entertainment, fashion and arts, science, transport, sport, children, and all human life.

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Fashions of a decade - Jacqueline Herald ; original illustrations by Robert Price.
Call Number: 391 FAS
ISBN: 0816024650
Surveys the fads, fashions, trends, and cultural and intellectual preoccupations of the comfortable, high-living 1920s.

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Setting a course : American women in the 1920s - Dorothy M. Brown.
Call Number: 305.4 BRO
ISBN: 0805799060
Examines the identity of "the new woman" of the 1920s chronicling their struggles and experiences in contrast to popular images set forth in the mass media and in literature of the day.

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Daily life in the United States, 1920-1939 : decades of promise and pain - David E. Kyvig
Call Number: 973.91 DAI
ISBN: 0313295557
Examines what daily life was like for ordinary people in the U. S. in the 1920s and the 1930s, discussing the impact of automobiles, electricity, radio, cinema, conflict and crime, the standardization of culture, the Great Depression, and the New Deal on the lives of American citizens.

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The roaring twenties, 1920-1930 - editors of Time-Life Books
Call Number: REF 973.91 ROA
ISBN: 0809482134
Chronicles popular culture and historical events during the 1920s, showing how Americans of various social and economic strata lived.

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20th century art, 1920-40 : realism and surrealism - Jackie Gaff
Call Number: 709.04 TWE
ISBN: 083682850X
An illustrated history of art in the years between 1920 and 1940, looking at the different movements and artists that characterized the decade, and discussing their relationship to the social and cultural trends of the era.

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20s & 30s : between the wars - Jackie Gaff
Call Number: 745.2 TWE
ISBN: 0836827066
A color-illustrated look at the innovations in technology and design that affected home products, furniture, architecture, transportation, and fashion in the 1920s and '30s.

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The collected poems of Langston Hughes - Arnold Rampersad, editor, David Roessel, associate editor
Call Number: 811.52 HUG
ISBN: 0679426310
A complete collection of Hughes's poetry spanning five decades, from the 1920s through the 1960s.

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Early jazz : its roots and musical development - Gunther Schuller
Call Number: 781.57 SCH
ISBN: 0195040430
Describes the history of jazz from its beginnings in the early 1900s until its first boom in the 1930s, and discusses the great jazz soloists of the 1920s, including Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong, and the big bands and arrangers, such as Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and Duke Ellington.

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Everyday fashions of the twenties as pictured in Sears and other catalogs - edited and with text by Stella Blum.
Call Number: 391 EVE
ISBN: 0486241343
Presents fashion pages from the Sears, Roebuck, and other mail-order catalogs of the 1920s, featuring over 750 captioned illustrations of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

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The Harlem Renaissance - Veronica Chambers
Call Number: 700 CHA
ISBN: 0791025977
Recounts the vibrant personalities and remarkable cultural movements that flourished in America's leading African-American community during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Harlem Renaissance : art of Black America - introduction by Mary Schmidt Campbell ; essays by David Driskell, David Levering Lewis, and Deborah Willis Ryan.
Call Number: 704 HAR
ISBN: 0810981289
One hundred fifty works by Black artists in Harlem during the 1920s from the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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The jazz age : the 20s - by the editors of Time-Life Books ; [editors, Loretta Britten, Paul Mathless]
Call Number: REF 973 OUR
ISBN: 0783555091
Photographs and text help chronicle the major events that took place in the United States during the 1920s.

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The roaring twenties - David Pietrusza
Call Number: 973.91 PIE
ISBN: 1560063092
Presents a social history of the United States during the 1920s, a decade of prosperity, Prohibition, presidential scandels, fads and sensations, controversies, sports heroes, and the stock market crash.

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The twenties in America - Paul A. Carter
Call Number: 973.91 CAR
ISBN: 0882957171
A history of America in the 1920s that examines social, cultural, and political aspects, including radicalism and conservatism, President Coolidge and his critics, Ernest Hemingway, sports, jazz, religion, and urban and rural society.

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1920-40 : atoms to automation - Steve Parker
Call Number: 509 PAR
ISBN: 0836829433
Looks at some of the significant scientific and technological discoveries and inventions made in the years between 1920 and 1940, and includes a time line, glossary, photographs and illustrations, and resources for further study.

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American decades: 1920-1929 - edited by Judith S. Baughman
Call Number: REF 973.92 AME
ISBN: 0810357240
An exploration of American life from 1920 through 1929, looking at key people, events, and topics in the arts, business and the economy, education, fashion, government and politics, law, lifestyles and social trends, media, medicine and health, religion, science and technology, and sports.

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Yearbooks in science : 1920-1929 - David E. Newton
Call Number: REF 609.04 YEA
ISBN: 0805034323
Presents an overview of innovations and achievements in science and technology during the twentieth century.

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Our century 1920-1930
Call Number: 973.9 OUR
ISBN: 0836810341
Presents daily life, the sports world, international affairs, great scientific discoveries, the arts, and outstanding achievements of the third decade of the 20th century.



The Roaring Twenties


The 1920s was an era of rapid change and clashing values. Many Americans believed society was losing its traditional values, and they took action to preserve these values. Other Americans embraced new values associated with a freer lifestyle and the pursuit of individual goals. Writers and artists pursued distinctively American themes, and the Harlem Renaissance gave African Americans new pride.


In an effort to allow you to learn more about the 1920s, you will be working in a group setting to research a specific 1920 topic. Your group will create a visual presentation to be delivered to the class.


Getting Started

U.S. History - Roaring 20s List of websites about the 1920's in the US. Great spot for topic ideas

Jazz in Time - Roaring Twenties PBS website that accompanies Ken Burns documentary JAZZ

Digital History Overview of the Jazz Age in America

Life in the 1920’s published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The major ideas/trends/events from the 1920’s are covered from the Digital History website

American Culture History 1920 -1929 links compiled by Lone Star College – Kingwood

Teaching the American 20’s from the University of Texas

American Experience

American Memory

Avalon Project

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

League of Nations Photo Archive

 NARA: Teaching with Documents

1920 Census published by the US Census Bureau



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