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Billy Sunday

was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century


Red Scare

A Period of time where the whole nation was afraid of communism and the very idea of communism.


A. Mitchell Palmer

He was the Attorney General and accused thousands of people of being communist in order to further his own political agenda.


Sacco and Vanzetti

Two men accused of the 1921 murder of a Massachusetts paymaster, Liberals and radicals from all over the world rallied to their defense.


Emergency Quota Act

Placed a numerical limit on how many people could enter the United states.


Immigration Act

limited the number of people from a specific country who could enter the US to 2% of the total population of that country.


Eighteenth Amendment

Made the sale, consumption, and transportation of alcohol illegal.


Volstead Act

passed to carry out the eighteenth amendment.


Wet and Dry

each side of the prohibition argument



an illicit establishment that sells alcohol.


Home Brew

Alcohol that is made in the home instead of in a brewery.


Bathtub Gin

any style of homemade spirit made in amatuer conditions


Noble Experiment

the term for prohibition laws


Al Capone

famous gangster and co founder of the Chicago outfit


St. Valentine's Day Massacre

never officially linked to Capone, a murder of seven men of the Irish Gang.


John Dewey

Education reformer. Famous for the ideology of “learn by doing”


John T. Scopes

Science teacher from Tennessee at the center of the “Monkey Trial” which pitted science/evolution against religious fundamentalism


William Jennings Bryan

Former Populist and Democratic presidential candidate who was the lead prosecutor on the Scopes “Monkey Trial”


Clarence Darrow

Nationally known defense attorney for John Scopes.


Andrew Mellon

Treasury secretary who favored expansion of capital investment, tax policies, and successfully pushed congress to lower taxes.


The Man Nobody Knows

A book written by Bruce Barton which set forth the thesis that Jesus Christ was the greatest adman of all time in an age where advertisements became a pivotal part of the market.


Babe Ruth

George E. Ruth; was a baseball player who played for the Yankees.


Jack Dempsey

A heavyweight boxer who was one of the first mass-media sports stars


Henry Ford

1863-1947. American businessman, founder of Ford Motor Company, father of modern assembly lines, and inventor credited with 161 patents.


Frederick W. Taylor

An inventor and engineer who sought to eliminate wasted motion to whom is owed much of the clockwork efficiency of factories.


Model T

A cheap, rugged, and popular vehicle that the common man could own. Only came in black.


Orville and Wilbur Wright

The inventors behind the first, however feebly engined, plane that stayed aloft for 12 seconds and 120 feet at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


Charles Lindbergh

First person to fly solo across the Atlantic. Became a national star who lost some fame after voicing some anti-Semitic opinions. He flew several missions into Japan during WWII.


The Great Train Robbery

A 1903 American Western film by Edwin S. Porter. Twelve minutes long, it is considered a milestone in filmmaking


The Birth of a Nation

A dramatic silent film directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915. Considered highly controversial for its portrayal of African Americans.

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