United States Aviator who made "first nonstop flight across the Atlantic." 1927; Plane called Spirit of St. Louis
1928; first woman to fly as a passenger; 1932, first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean
James Weldon Johnson
was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University. In 1916 he was asked to become the national organizer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
(July 22, 1882 - May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.
John T. Snopes
Science teacher; challenged the law preventing public schools from teaching evolution
William Jennings Bryan
A believer in a literal interpretation of the Bible, Bryan was a prosecuting attorney in the Scopes trial (1925), in which he debated Clarence Darrow on the issue of evolution; the trial took a heavy toll on his health, and he died soon after it ended.
head of the Universal Negroe Improvement Association. Urged black economic cooperation and founded chain of UNIA grocery stores and other businesses. Blacks looked up to him
Sacco & Vanzetti
Ferdinando Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891-August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888-August 23, 1927) were Italian immigrants who were accused and convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in Massachusetts. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals, the men were executed on August 23, 1927.The case is controversial along two separate but related lines: Culpability: regardless of the verdicts, were the men actually guilty?
Conformance: regardless of actual guilt, were the trials fair? Answers to those questions were—and are—highly politicized. The assessment of either conformance or culpability turns on small details and often contradictory evidence. Many arguments have been made, but historians have still not reached consensus on either issue in the case of Sacco and Vanzetti.
Vice President then President when Harding died: famous for Laissez Faire policy (leave business alone and let them grow)
was the American founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. He was a prolific inventor and was awarded 161 U.S. patents
First Lady 1933-1945; tireless worker for social causes, including women's rights and civil rights for African Americans and other groups
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fought the Great Depression through his New Deal social programs; battled Congress over Supreme Court control, proved a strong leader during WWII
John Maynard Keynes
British economist whose ideas have affected modern macroeconomics and social liberalism. He advocated interventionist economic policy, by which governments would use fiscal and monetary measures to mitigate the adverse effects of business cycles, economic recessions, and depressions. His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics,
Worked to aid Europeans during WWII; responded inefficiently to 1929 Stock Market Crash and Great Depression
Louisiana Senator in 1930's; suggested redistributing large fortunes "share the wealth", by means of grants to families; assasinated in 1935
Wrote "Grapes of Wrath"; story follows fortunes of a poor family as they traveled from the Dust Bowl to California-based on Great Depression
United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during Prohibition until arrested for tax evasion
"Radio Priest" who supported and then attacked President Roosevelt's New Deal; prevented by the Catholic Church from broadcasting after he
Dr. Francis Townsend
The Townsend Plan called for a guaranteed monthly pension of $200 to every retired citizen age 60 or older, to be paid for by a form of a national sales tax of 2% on all business transactions. This led up to the Social Security Act (SSA) presented by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the New Deal.
Scandal during the Harding administration involving the granting of oil-drilling rights on government land in return for money
It won the presidential election for Warren G. Harding in 1920: normalcy, a word that he rescued from obscurity. After the disruption of the World War, Harding said on the campaign trail, it was time to get back to normal
Series of controversial raids by U.S. Justice and Immigration Departments on suspected leftists in the U.S. Raids named for Alexander
Nine African American youths arrested for raping 2 white women while riding the rails
Army veterans who served WWI were not given their money when they came home, they marched in front of the white house in front of Hoover and he called in the army to get away from him. Many were injured because of this. Was another reason for people who hated Hoover. They marched again later shortly after FDR became President. When they arrived they were shocked as they were welcomed by FDR and his wife Eleanor. They were fed when they arrived. FDR promised that they would get their money out to them as soon as possible and the men became loyal to FDR.
The Wagner Act
Law passed in 1935 that aided unions by legalizing collective bargaining and closed shops, and by establishing the National Labor Relations Board
Federal Securities Act
Enacted in the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929 and during the ensuing Great Depression; Part of the New Deal. The 1933 Act has two basic objectives:
to require that investors receive significant (or "material") information concerning securities being offered for public sale; and to prohibit deceit, misrepresentations, and other fraud in the sale of securities to the public.
Works Progress Administration
The largest New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western populations. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion.
Tennessee Valley Authority
Part of the New Deal - brought electricity to thousands of people at an affordable price. It controlled the flood waters of the Tennessee River and improved navigation, as well as introduced modern agriculture techniques. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federally owned corporation in the United States created by congressional charter in May 1933 to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development in the Tennessee Valley, a region particularly affected by the Great Depression.