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Harlem Renaissance

This was the period during 1920s of outstanding creativity centered in New York's black ghetto.

Great Depression

This was a period of global economic crisis that lasted from 1929 to 1939. There was widespread poverty and high unemployment.

Dust Bowl

This was the term given to the area of the Great Plains that was most greatly affected during the Great Drought of the 1930's.


This is a rise in a society's city population.

Organized Crime

This was the movement in the early 1900s which resorted to violent crime.

New Freedom

This was Woodrow Wilson's plan to break up monopolies and regulate business.

League of Nations

This is an international organization whose goals included disarmament; preventing war through collective security; settling disputes between countries through negotiation and diplomacy and improving global welfare, it was to be formed after WWI.

United Kingdom

This unitary state (in green) is spread out over two islands and is made up of four countries.

Immigration Act of 1924

This act limited the number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890.

Mass Production

The use of the "assembly line" was key to this new method of production that was popularized by the Ford Motor Company in the early 1900's.

The Jazz Singer

This 1927 film was the first to feature recorded sound accompanying the motion picture, and is regarded as the first "talkie."

Al Capone

This Chicago-based gangster ran a crime syndicate based on smuggling and bootlegging of liquor during the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and 1930s.

Louis Armstrong

This musical pioneer gained fame with his trumpet and his raspy singing voice, and his improvisational style had a major impact on the development of jazz.

Zora Neale Hurston

This Harlem Renaissance author produced four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays.

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