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Reichstag

The German Parliament

Consumerism

The culture of frequent shopping, buying, and acquiring things

Weimar Republic

The German government of the 1920s

Spartacists

German communists who rebelled in the 1920s

Putsch

an attempted forceful takeover of a government

November Criminals

Civilian German leaders who surrendered to the Allies

War Guilt Clause

Part of the Versailles treaty that blamed Germany for WW1

inflation

When a currency becomes less valuable and merchants demand more money to make the difference

swastika

ancient religious symbol that the Nazis adopted

Nazi Party

Extremely nationalistic and racist German political movement

Social Democrats

liberal German political movement that ran the country in the 1920s

Brownshirts

Criminals and tough guys who protected Nazi members and attacked opponents

Depression

Extreme economic collapse with high unemployment and failed businesses

14 points

President Wilson's main ideas to promote world peace

League of Nations

organization of countries to protect peace and world order

jazz

new musical style of the 1920s that broke many rules and norms

Model T

basic car that the Ford company mass produced in the 1920s

prosperity

economic success and good times

assembly line

when a product passes down a row and workers do one small task as it passes

installment buying

taking away a product but paying for it a little at a time

prohibition

failed 1920s attempt to ban alcohol in the USA

fad

something that is popular for a brief time and then passes

flapper

young woman in the 1920s who rebelled against traditional ways of thinking and acting

Harlem Renaissance

a period in the 1920s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished

Red Scare

a period of general fear of communists in early 1920s USA

anarchists

people who oppose organized government

Ku Klux Klan

Organization in the USA that opposes certain race and religious groups (especially African-Americans)

Stock Market

A system for buying and selling shares of companies

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