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'The 1920's were a decade of progress and opportunity for all Americans'. How far do the sources support this view?

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'The 1920's were a decade of progress and opportunity for all Americans'. How far do the sources support this view? In this essay I will be studying all sources to identify if the 1920's was a decade of progress and opportunity for all Americans. I will be taking notice of the sources that provide evidence and will be concluding to see if the statement above is backed with sufficient evidence. In Source A we can see that there's a picture of the Statue of Liberty. This statue stood in the New York Harbour and would have been the first sighting immigrants saw as they sailed over to America. It was a symbol of opportunity as they arrived in America. A poem by Emma Lazarus was carved at the base and was written specifically in 1886 just for the statue of liberty. The poem indicates that America will take anyone, we can see this by the line that reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses," this clearly tells us that America will allow anyone to migrate to their country. The ending of the poem is also important as it tells the reader there's an opportunity to get rich, we read this where it reads, "the golden door," which represents an opening to a new world and a chance to get rich. This also tells us that America will give the chance to anyone and that everyone is welcome. I feel this Source, looking back at the question I feel gave opportunity to every American and Immigrant that lived in the 1920's and gave everyone a chance. ...read more.

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'Flappers' were women who tried changing the law, and change it so that women were respected as equal as men. Making a judgment on Source E is difficult but I feel it gave progress to America, and women in the 1920's.They expressed there feelings and if wasn't for them, these day's men would have been higher up them women and the live were living today would be so different. Source F is a statement from anti-evolution law in the state of Tennessee it is law that asks every teacher in the state to obey to the law set. This was enacted by the Tennessee law and if the teacher was guilty had to pay between 100 dollars to 500 dollars, this made many teachers abide by the rules otherwise they new what punishment they faced. I feel the law was based on Charles Darwin's judgment. I feel there's no opportunity or progress because the kids that were trying to learn in the classes weren't being the truth and therefore there work suffered. The next Source is a leaflet which was published by the Anti-Saloon League in 1919. The leaflet has a picture of a married man paying with his and his family's weekly wage. The husband of the family is buying alcohol and making the "speakeasies" owner rich. In the corner of the leaflet we can see the married man's family, who is poor and have no food. We find out that mostly men were addicted to drinking and that the family suffered as a result we see this because the father is spending all the families' money and therefore they become poor. ...read more.

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and to show them they can be like men. Making a judgment on Source F is difficult, I feel the way the Tennessee law worked and the law they enacted they felt they wanted to progress in the way Charles Darwin's theory spoke. The next Source, which we hear of an American lawyer who speaks of 'Judge Thayer' in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial who he feels, makes incorrect judgments. I felt the decision was based on racism but gives many black Americans the chance to hid or flee especially for those who live in the Southern states. The work of the Anti Saloon League in 1919 was very successful, printing over one hundred million leaflets like the 'Slaves of the Saloon' leaflet worked. It was like many other Sources and gave Americans an opportunity to change, that's why I feel it was very successful. Source I speaks of Al Capone who has opened a number of illegal 'speakeasies' and he feels he supplies a public demand and therefore feels its okay to do so. But he feels he gives Americans an opportunity to forget their worries and drown there sorrows. Sources J and K are both racist evidence in the 1920's and both show they have the chance if you like to change there thoughts and stop racism. My overall contrast on all the sources I have spoke about, is that mostly every Source has the opportunity to change. From stocks and shares to migration, every Source gives that opening in they way that anyone can change. I feel overall America was a decade of opportunity and I have supported my conclusion with evidence that clearly clarifies my judgment of America in the 1920's. ...read more.

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