October 31, 2012
The Roaring Twenties
The 1920s was a time of significant cultural conflicts in the United States. The causes of these conflicts came with the massive cultural changes that were occurring in America at the time, such as religion, immigration, and prohibition. Prohibition started crime and corruption. The Klu Klux Klan started when immigration came to America, and religion started arguments about evolution, which then lead to the scopes trial.
During the 1920s era, religion in America experienced a cultural revolution. In the roaring twenties, religion was greatly affected by immigration, the more the people, and the more the religion differences. Not everyone agreed on the same beliefs. The establishment of mass cultural for the first time in the United States had an effect on religion also. By the spread of the radio, tension was caused between rural and urban areas because of new ideas and values everyone had. Religion started with two origins: science and creation. Darwin’s theory of evolution came through the department of science, while the theory of creation came from the bible. This conflict between the two started the Scopes Trail. Held in Tennessee, the trial would try to legalize the teaching of evolution in schools. The Scopes Trail had a great effect on the people, the whole town gathered for the case. Everybody has their own opinion.
As well as religion, immigration had a great impact on cultural conflicts also. A new wave of immigration brought in poor, battered, and dejected masses of people from Eastern and Southern Europe to America. Millions poured into the East and West Coasts. The immigrants that came to the United States lived in urban tenements. Tenements were over populated and unsanitary. The first immigrants didn’t like the new comers. The new comers had cultural and economic threats against them and brought in a variety of different religion. Due to immigration, this created the Klu Klux Klan, also...