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P5 People of 20s and 30s

Famous people of the 20s and 30s that students presented on in Gr. 8 social studies
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Langston Hughes
This man wanted to do everything he could to end racism through his poems and short stories.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
was renowned for her poems about peace and her bohemian living. In 1923 she was first US female to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Eugene O'Neill
Playwright who won 4 Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize for his tragic life-like dramas
Henry Ford
American businessman, father of modern assembly lines, Model-T, and idea to pay workers good wages so they'll work harder.
Thomas Edison
Inventor of lightbulb, phonograph, generator, and electric vote recorder and many other inventions.
John Dillinger
"Public Enemy #1", robbed 24 banks, known for his prison escapes
Clarence Darrow
Defended two rich boys for killing another boy. Convinced the judge to give life in prison rather than death. Defended Mr. Scopes in the Monkey Trial about evolution.
William Jennings Bryan
US lawyer and politician who prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school
Al Capone
Gangster who terrorized Chicago during Prohibition. Remembered for St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Dorothea Lange
Famous photographer whose photos convinced people to act and help the poor people during the Depression. Famous photo "Migrant Mother".
Sinclair Lewis
American novelist and playwright who wrote about typical America with all its problems in novels like Babbit and Main Street. First American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature
Louis Armstrong
First great jazz soloist. Played trumpet and was instrumental in developing scat singing
George Gershwin
Russian born American composer and pianist. Oscar nomination with brother, Ira, for "Shall We Dance".
Jesse Owens
Black athlete who won 4 gold medals in the Berlin Summer Olympics
Zora Neale Hurston
Black writer of novels and short stories. Novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is considered her best work.
Walt Disney
Film maker, cartoonist, visionary. He developed many famous characters as well as amusement theme parks.