• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

America In 1920’s Sources Coursework

Extracts from this document...


America In 1920's Coursework: Part 5 The statement "America in the 1920's was the land of freedom and opportunity" is quite often overused. This is apparent when developing the full meaning of the statement. Throughout the 1920's America was a mass of swirling activity and changes. This affected different people and different industries in many different ways. A boom had been started and looked like it would never end. Millions of immigrants flooded into America to join the prosperity that many were benefiting from. Using Source B (2) we can see that between 1907 and 1914 from Europe alone there was a massive 862,514 immigrants entering America. Due to the long-term affect of the First World War on industry and agriculture in Europe, America's trade received a huge boom. They could now trade to Europe (who before were fairly self-reliant) and the Southern Hemisphere where Europe had dominated previously. Technology boomed as well. Meaning that many people could now afford the luxuries that new technology brought. For instance with the boom, many people were becoming richer or had the confidence to borrow money. With this new wealth they bought cars (a new low cost luxury), radios, shares, invested in mail order and so on. In source A, we can see that many of the points made in the American Constitution and the 13thand19th amendments supported the statement too. Showing that if the laws were relaxed Americans would be more able to behave how they liked, and brake fewer laws. ...read more.


For instance the agricultural industry had been doing great after the war. Selling across the world at any price they wanted. When Europe was up and running again, new tariffs were introduced in America to increase spending and slow the amount of unnecessary imports form Europe, imports had added tax. Soon world trading reduced with America. The arrogance of America soon leads to a collapse in its agricultural industry. Farmers could no longer sell abroad (where most of their customers were based) and could not compete on home soil with the unbeatably low prices that the Canadians could get away with. Meaning many became bust and had to sell up and move on out. This large-scale reduction in farmers meant, amounts of food fell hugely. The other sources are a mix of primary and secondary sources, which tend to disagree with the statement. This is the case with the 18th amendment of source A, and sources B (1), B (2), B (3), C (1), C (2), D (3), E and F. The 18th amendment was a mistake and should never have been passed. The prohibition of alcohol was an infringement of the first point "from the Bill of Rights". This lead to an increase in criminal activity, with people paying gangsters for illegal alcohol. Source E a primary source of "Al Capone speaking in 1929" is another prime example of this violation, "I'm a businessman. ...read more.


Though this is a source, which is based on the suffering of immigrants, etc. It is an impartial source throughout and though in little detail, it does cover both sides of the story. It is the only source for disagreeing with the statement that is truly trustworthy for its facts. The others are all partial in one way or another. Overall I do not agree with the statement "America in 1920's was the land of freedom and opportunity." I do feel that the sources that do agree benefited the whole country of America in one-way or another. Technological advances, the boom in industry and increasing spending was a good foothold for the future but it was largely based on the borrowing of money, shares and agriculture, which was rapidly worsening. On the contrary the sources that disagree with the statement, largely outnumber the agreeing ones, which largely backs up my opinion. The discrimination against blacks, Jews, Immigrants etc, that was taking place all across America does not in any way constitute towards the statement in question. Looking back again the disagreeing sources largely outweigh the agreeing ones and from my own knowledge of the persecution that took place and the terrific Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression that followed, primarily based on the large scale borrowing of money towards the new technology and better standards of living. I feel this statement is false and America did not live up to this expectation after the initial few years. Word Count (excluding quotes) : History Coursework 5U - 1 - Tim Burtenshaw ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. GCSE History Coursework

    As many prohibition agents were not paid well by the government many accepted the gangsters bribes as they were willing to pay a high price in return for the agents to 'turn to a blind eye'. However, not all prohibition agents were corrupted, some resisted and continued to enforce the law of prohibition.

  2. Prohibition Sources Coursework.

    Source B mentions nothing about this. I think source A is implying that the 23 states that were already banning alcohol so the government knew it would get support if it backed the policy. Some of the causes of prohibiting alcohol according to source A are, bad influence of saloons,

  1. prohibition of alcohol in america

    Inference The artists of both posters have used images of children. The picture of a child in source C is on a table with the child's mum upset. This might suggest that while the father is spending his wages on alcohol, his wife and child are hungry (on the kitchen table).

  2. Prohibition Sources Coursework

    2. The message in Source C is one clearly saying that alcohol is beating the legislation of prohibition and the American attempt to prohibit the sale of alcohol. In the background the devil represents the evil alcoholic trade continuously pouring more and more bottles onto the pile.

  1. Prohibition coursework

    Al Capone's success was the people as he stated "Prohibition is a business and all I do is supply public demand". Al Capone turned prohibition a business from which he extracted money and most of the government officials were all under the control of Al Capone.

  2. American History Coursework

    First of all, the Social Security Act was introduced - this provided state pensions for the elderly & widows who were struggling to manage independently. This meant that these groups of citizens became more financially secure - & thus more happy & supportive of the government.

  1. Why has the America of the 1920’s been described as the Roaring 20’s?

    As more cars were developed, eventually the roads improved and people began to move as they could travel to work by car. It also gave young people the opportunity to travel and escape their parents, visit cinemas with friends, girlfriends or even boyfriends.

  2. To what extent did America

    For those who owned land in Hollywood that previously had little value suddenly made their fortune as the rich of the entertainment industry moved in and built palatious homes. This gave rise to an increase in the number and wages of the building contractors in the area.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work