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Jazz Age Vocab

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leased
rented
anarchists
people who believe there should be no government
deported
expelled from the United States
Capitalism
an economic system based on private property and free enterprise
Isolationism
abstention from alliances and other international political and economic relations; American foreign policy
Recession
an economic downturn
Gross National Product (GNP)
the total value of all goods and services produced by a country
Productivity
the amount of work each worker can accomplish
Installment Buying
a consumer buys products by promising to pay small, regular amounts over a period of time
Flappers
carefree young women with short, "bobbed" hair, heavy makeup, and short skirts. The flapper symbolized the new "liberated" women of the 1920
Mass Media
forms of communication, such as newspapers and radio, that reach millions of people
Expatriates
people who choose to live in another country
Prohibition
a total ban on the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor throughout the United States from 1919-1933
Nativism
the belief that native-born Americans are superior to foreigners
Quota System
an arrangement placing a limit on the number of immigrants from each country
Evolution
the scientific theory that humans evolved over vast periods of time
The Red scare
a period of time in American history when the government went after "Reds" (communists) and others with radical views
Teapot Dome Scandal
symbol of government corruption; government oil reserves secretly leased to oil companies in exchange for financial compensation
Kellogg-Briand Pact
an agreement between 15 nations outlawing war; eventually 48 other nations joined the pact; had no way of enforcing peace
Scientific Management
hiring experts to study how goods could be produced more quickly
Welfare Capitalism
when companies provide incentives to build better relationships with employees; health insurance, safety standards, buy stock in the company
Detroit, Michigan
center of automobile industry. Also known as Motor City
Model T
first affordable car built by Henry Ford; sturdy, reliable, inexpensive, only came in black
Model A
Ford's response to competition from other car manufacturers. Better engineering than Model T and came in various colors.
Nineteenth Amendment
granted women the right to vote in 1920
Harlem
An African American section of New York City. Many A/A writers and artists gathered in Harlem
Bootlegging
the making and selling of illegal alcohol
Harlem Renaissance
a flowering of African American culture in the 1920's; instilled interest in African American culture and pride in being an African American
Eighteenth Amendment
banned sale of alcohol in 1919
Voistead Act
the means of enforcing Prohibition
G-men
government men; agents who worked to find and destroy illegal alcohol
Twenty-first Amendment
repealed the 18th amendment in 1933
Klu Klux Klan
founded in the 1860s in the south; meant to control newly freed slaves through threats and violence; other targets: Catholics, Jews, immigrants and others thought to be un-American