Known also as Black Tuesday, October 29th left stockholders shattered with recorded losses reaching $40 billion dollars (Kelly, n.d.). Many banks and financial institutions began collapsing which led to irretrievable, uninsured deposits and savings. Fearing further loss, people began spending less which led to a decrease in production and an increase in unemployment. As companies began to fail, the government devised the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in order to protect American businesses. The Tariff placed high taxes on imports leading to a decline in international trade.
It was passed due to several reasons; a number of states believed that corruption, child abuse, crime, and unemployment had increased due to alcohol. Also, drunken and absentee workers were unacceptable, since this was seen as a huge drag on the economy. In 1917, twenty-six of the states voted themselves “dry”, which basically meant that they would dismiss alcohol and remain
The judge in their case harbored negative sentiments towards the two men, because of his own conservative Yankee Republican standing. Despite the support from many influential people such as Felix Frankfurter, Eugene Debs, Ben Shahn, John Dos Passos, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, large groups of people rallied against them. The conservatives of the time called for the death of the anarchist immigrants, and the nativists harped on the immigrant origins of the two men. Unfortunately, the two men, after having gone through an unfair trial, were found guilty in 1921. After many years of appeals and delays, Sacco and Vanzetti were put to death by electric chair on August 23rd, 1927.
In order to prevent a union uprising, like those that were happening overseas in Russia, many union leaders received unconstitutional treatment, many who were native born were jailed, while those who were born elsewhere were often deported. By 1920, the political atmosphere in America had become overwhelmingly conservative. In conjunction with red scare fears, the end of the war left a bitter taste in the mouths of many and Americans were looking for a change in
Many farmers lost their land to the “evils” of the “mortgage system” (Doc. B). As mortgage foreclosures increased, so did the number of farmers forced into tenancy. By 1900, the majority of Midwest farmers were tenants—unable to afford their own land. However, Midwest farmers were faced with other, more severe atrocities that eventually impacted national politics.
It could be argued that the arrival of the black power movement did hinder the fight for black civil rights in 1960’s because of the negative media attention it gained because of the violent method used. It could also be argued that it helped to speed up the fight for civil rights and make the whites take more notice because the riots were being published throughout America. It can be seen that the black power movement did hinder the black civil rights fight in 1960’s because of the negative view it gave of the African Americans. The violent riots which the black power were behind started in the summers of 1965 to 1968 , first occurring in los angles but soon spreading to other cities. The reason for the riots were because the black powers were getting fed up with the slow change nonviolent protest that Martin Luther King was behind were actually doing for the African Americans.
Many social and political factors occurred during the 50s such as McCarthyism, Brown vs. Board case, Suburbia, and television. Conformity became a part of every American Life to a large level. It became clear through the average of culture, society and politics throughout the era of the 50s. Conformity was not the true decade of conformity but mainly for whites they were living the so called American dream; minorities seemed to be shut out from the emerging American Dream. McCarthyism, a campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy, scared many Americans during the 1950s to speak for themselves, therefore they feared of standing out as a communist.
Unlike many of my classmates this was not my first time viewing this movie or hearing about the syphilis experimental research that was done on about 400 poor black share croppers. To me this movie is another example of how the White controlled US government used racial ideology to ethically mistreat the Black male citizens. My first response to this movie is anger, especially being a black male US citizen myself. I just don’t understand the mentality of the white people. It was already known it that syphilis untreated was fatal disease.
The 15th amendment granted former male slaves the right to vote but they could not afford it because of the taxes set by the state government forcing African Americans to pay to vote. Those that could afford it were forced to take literacy tests that were set up to make them fail. They were also threatened by terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan if they attempted to vote. Reconstruction was unsuccessful in more ways than one. It led to economic depression and scandal and also produced a legalized form of slavery.
Groups such as the KKK didn’t like to scare blacks into trying to leave town by putting up signs, burning homes down and killing people throughout the entire country, to show people the stand for what they believe in. Blacks were viewed in the 1960s as horrible people, if someone saw a black person on TV or walking around their first impression would be what’s he or she doing here or there. The 1960s were a time where the world was changing. Music was changing, politics were changing, and people were changing. But one problem seemed to remain in society, racism.