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Famous people of the 20s and 30s that students presented on in Gr. 8 social studies

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.

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