The New Era of the 1920s

Key Themes and Documents

by James S. Olson with Mariah Gumpert


The "roaring" 1920s saw the prohibition and reinstatement of alcohol, the advent of voting rights for women and Native Americans, and the birth of the Harlem Rennaissance.

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October 2017


Pages 333
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/General

This invaluable resource covers all aspects of 1920s political, artistic, popular, and economic culture in America, supporting the AP U.S. history curriculum through topical and biographical entries, primary documents, sample documents-based essay questions, and period-specific learning objectives.

The 1920s, despite President Harding's "return to normalcy," were a time of both great cultural and social advancement as well as various forms of oppression in the United States. Bookended in history by two world wars, this period saw the rise of tabloid journalism and mass media; the banning and reinstatement of alcohol; the advent of voting rights for women and Native Americans; movements such as the Red Scare, labor strikes, the Harlem Renaissance, and racial protests; and the global reorganization that occurred as the major powers fumbled their way through postwar foreign policy and the League of Nations. Almost no element of U.S. society was untouched.

The New Era of the 1920s: Key Themes and Documents provides high school students taking the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history course and undergraduates taking a lower level American history survey course with an invaluable study guide and targeted test preparation material. Much more than just an AP test-taking study guide, this new title in ABC-CLIO's Unlocking American History series is a true reference source for the societal, political, and economic history of a specific period covered in the AP U.S. history course. Readers will also benefit from features designed for student exam preparation, such as a sample documents-based essay question and period-specific learning objectives that are in alignment with the 2014 AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework.


  • Helps students prepare for the AP U.S. history exam with resources such as a sample documents-based essay question and tips and best practices for answering documents-based essay questions
  • Provides rigorous thematic tagging of encyclopedic entries, period chronology, and primary documents for ease of reference
  • Presents information and concepts specifically aligned to the latest AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework learning objectives
  • Includes an overview that presents the historical themes of the period as well as a range of primary documents with introductory information
Author Info

James S. Olson is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. A Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Olson has published more than 30 books, including Greenwood's Historical Dictionary of the 1970s, Historical Dictionary of the 1960s, and Historical Dictionary of the 1950s.

Mariah Gumpert is a writer and former acquisitions editor whose published works include ABC-CLIO's The Great Depression and the New Deal: Key Themes and Documents. She specializes in American history, world history, and popular culture.



"Summing Up: Recommended. High school and lower-division undergraduate collections."Choice

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