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1920’s Important people

A. Mitchell Palmer
attorney general who authorized anti-radical raids and deportations
J. Edgar Hoover
put in charge to fight against radicals during the Red Scare after World War
Alphonse Capone
(Al Capone) United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during Prohibition until arrested for tax evasion (1899-1947)
Henry Ford
United States manufacturer of automobiles who pioneered mass production (1863-1947)
Clarence Darrow
Defended John Scopes during the Scopes Trial. He argued that evolution should be taught in schools.
Josephine Baker
African-American actress, singer, opera performer, first black women to star in major motion picture
Sacco and Vanzetti
In 1920 these two men were convicted of murder and robbery. They were found guilty and died in the electric chair unfairly
John L. Lewis
United Mine Workers of America leader who organized the coal miners strike
Warren G. Harding
president who called for a return to normalcy following WWI
Calvin Coolidge
elected Vice President when Harding died in 1923 (1872-1933)
John T. Scopes
Tennessee biology teacher, indicted for teaching evolution – “Monkey Trial” case
Charles Darwin
scientist who formulated a theory of evolution
William Jennings Bryan
United States lawyer and politician prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
Babe Ruth
United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)
Gertrude Ederle
first woman to swim across the English Channel
Charles Lindbergh
American pilot who made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Al Jolson
Made the first talking movie in 1927..The “Jazz Singer”
Charlie Chaplin
English comedian and film maker
George Gershwin
United States composer who incorporated jazz into classical forms and composed scores for musical comedies (1898-1937)
Sinclair Lewis
American novelist First American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature
F. Scott Fitzgerald
writer of “This Side of Paradise” and “The Great Gatsby” who coined the term “Jazz Age” Encouraged flappers
Edna St. Vincent Millay
wrote poems celebrating youth and a life of independence
James Weldon Johnson
poet, lawyer, and NAACP executive secretary
Langston Hughes
This man was well known for making the Harlem Renaissance famous because of his poems.
Paul Robeson
African American actor and singer who promoted African American rights and left-wing causes
Louis Armstrong
United States jazz trumpeter and bandleader (1900-1971)
Duke Ellington
he was one of New York’s most successful bandleaders, resident at Harlem’s Cotton Club
Ernest Hemingway
an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
Marcus Garvey
African American leader durin the 1920s who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association
Zora Neale Hurston
African American writer and folklore scholar who played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance
Bessie Smith
Powerful, influential blues singer in the 1920’s, “Empress of Blues”

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attorney general who authorized anti-radical raids and deportations
J. Edgar Hoover
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