Jazz Age Vocab

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leased

rented

anarchists

people who believe there should be no government

deported

expelled from the United States

Capitalism

an economic system based on private property and free enterprise

Isolationism

abstention from alliances and other international political and economic relations; American foreign policy

Recession

an economic downturn

Gross National Product (GNP)

the total value of all goods and services produced by a country

Productivity

the amount of work each worker can accomplish

Installment Buying

a consumer buys products by promising to pay small, regular amounts over a period of time

Flappers

carefree young women with short, "bobbed" hair, heavy makeup, and short skirts. The flapper symbolized the new "liberated" women of the 1920

Mass Media

forms of communication, such as newspapers and radio, that reach millions of people

Expatriates

people who choose to live in another country

Prohibition

a total ban on the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor throughout the United States from 1919-1933

Nativism

the belief that native-born Americans are superior to foreigners

Quota System

an arrangement placing a limit on the number of immigrants from each country

Evolution

the scientific theory that humans evolved over vast periods of time

The Red scare

a period of time in American history when the government went after "Reds" (communists) and others with radical views

Teapot Dome Scandal

symbol of government corruption; government oil reserves secretly leased to oil companies in exchange for financial compensation

Kellogg-Briand Pact

an agreement between 15 nations outlawing war; eventually 48 other nations joined the pact; had no way of enforcing peace

Scientific Management

hiring experts to study how goods could be produced more quickly

Welfare Capitalism

when companies provide incentives to build better relationships with employees; health insurance, safety standards, buy stock in the company

Detroit, Michigan

center of automobile industry. Also known as Motor City

Model T

first affordable car built by Henry Ford; sturdy, reliable, inexpensive, only came in black

Model A

Ford's response to competition from other car manufacturers. Better engineering than Model T and came in various colors.

Nineteenth Amendment

granted women the right to vote in 1920

Harlem

An African American section of New York City. Many A/A writers and artists gathered in Harlem

Bootlegging

the making and selling of illegal alcohol

Harlem Renaissance

a flowering of African American culture in the 1920's; instilled interest in African American culture and pride in being an African American

Eighteenth Amendment

banned sale of alcohol in 1919

Voistead Act

the means of enforcing Prohibition

G-men

government men; agents who worked to find and destroy illegal alcohol

Twenty-first Amendment

repealed the 18th amendment in 1933

Klu Klux Klan

founded in the 1860s in the south; meant to control newly freed slaves through threats and violence; other targets: Catholics, Jews, immigrants and others thought to be un-American

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