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1920s Vocabulary

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Reichstag
The German Parliament
Consumerism
The culture of frequent shopping, buying, and acquiring things
Weimar Republic
The German government of the 1920s
Spartacists
German communists who rebelled in the 1920s
Putsch
an attempted forceful takeover of a government
November Criminals
Civilian German leaders who surrendered to the Allies
War Guilt Clause
Part of the Versailles treaty that blamed Germany for WW1
inflation
When a currency becomes less valuable and merchants demand more money to make the difference
swastika
ancient religious symbol that the Nazis adopted
Nazi Party
Extremely nationalistic and racist German political movement
Social Democrats
liberal German political movement that ran the country in the 1920s
Brownshirts
Criminals and tough guys who protected Nazi members and attacked opponents
Depression
Extreme economic collapse with high unemployment and failed businesses
14 points
President Wilson's main ideas to promote world peace
League of Nations
organization of countries to protect peace and world order
jazz
new musical style of the 1920s that broke many rules and norms
Model T
basic car that the Ford company mass produced in the 1920s
prosperity
economic success and good times
assembly line
when a product passes down a row and workers do one small task as it passes
installment buying
taking away a product but paying for it a little at a time
prohibition
failed 1920s attempt to ban alcohol in the USA
fad
something that is popular for a brief time and then passes
flapper
young woman in the 1920s who rebelled against traditional ways of thinking and acting
Harlem Renaissance
a period in the 1920s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished
Red Scare
a period of general fear of communists in early 1920s USA
anarchists
people who oppose organized government
Ku Klux Klan
Organization in the USA that opposes certain race and religious groups (especially African-Americans)
Stock Market
A system for buying and selling shares of companies