Resource Guide: American Life in the 1920’sCreated by Fran Bullington, Library Media Specialist

This resource guide has been compiled to aid high school students as they research life in the United States during the 1920s, the decade dubbed the “Roaring Twenties.” World War I had ended, leaving some Americans disillusioned with our country. Others were enjoying prosperity, indulging in the newest automobiles and frequenting speakeasies at night. Records were being set in industry, sports, and entertainment. It was, indeed, a decade made memorable.

This resource guide points students to resources that provide a general overview of the decade. The guide is organized by types of sources beginning with print materials, continuing on to databases, and concluding with websites.

Subject Headings
When searching for sources in Destiny, the following are some of the subject headings you can type in to locate additional sources not listed in this resource guide.

United States--Civilization--1918-1945
United States-- History – 1913-1921
United States--History--1919-1933
United States -- History --1919-1933 -- Pictorial Works
United States--Social life and customs--1919-1933

Print Resources
Handlin, Oscar. "United States, History of the: 1917-1929." The World Book Encyclopedia. 2006. 184-187.

REF 973.03 DIC
Ketz, Lousie Bilebof. Dictionary of American History. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.

REF 973.03 ENC Vol. 7 and Vol. 8
Nash, Gary B., ed. Encyclopedia of American History. New York: Facts on File, 2003.

Daniel, Clifton, ed. “1920 – 1929.” 20th Century Day by Day. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999. 260-377.

REF 909.82 DER
Derks, Scott, ed. "1920-1939 Return to Normalcy, the Great Depression, and Recovery." The Value of a Dollar Prices and Incomes in the United States 1860 - 1999. 2nd ed. Millerton, NY: Grey House Publishing, 1999. 134-81.

REF 973.91 UXL
Pendergast, Tom and Sara Pendergast. UXL American Decades 1920-1929. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2003.

973.91 HAN
Hanson, Erica. The 1920s. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1999.

973.91 JAZ
Britten, Loretta and Paul Mathless, ed. Our American Century The Jazz Age: The 20s. Vol. 3. New York: Time Life Incorporated, 1998. 10 vols.

973.91 MCC
McCutcheon, Marc. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life from Prohibition through World War II. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1995.

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  • Provided to all citizens in the state of South Carolina by our state legislature, SCDISCUS provides a wealth of information you can access from home or school. (If accessing from home, you will need to ask your media specialist for a username and password.)
  • Options to simplify research include research guides, search tips, and the ability to email articles directly to yourself. You can also choose to print an article without having to copy and paste it into another document.
  • Source citations are provided for each of the documents, making it easy to add to a Works Cited or Bibliography page for your project.

Biography in Context.. 2014. Gale. SCDISCUS. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://www.scdiscus.org>

Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Ebooks that will be especially helpful:
American Decades
Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms

History Reference Center. 2014. EBSCO Host. SCDISCUS. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://www.scdiscus.org>

Student Research Center: High School. 2014. EBSCO Host. SCDISCUS. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://www.scdiscus.org>

Online Educational Web Resources

"1900-1929." American Memory. 31 Oct. 2007. Library of Congress. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?timePeriod=1900-1929>.

Biography.com. 2014. A&E Television Networks. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://www.biography.com/>

Clash of Cultures. 2010. Ohio State University Department of History. 14 Nov. 2011 <http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/mmh/clash/default.htm>

Digital History. Ed. Steven Mintz. 2014. University of Houston. 4 Apr. 2014.

Sann, Paul. The Lawless Decade. Estate of Paul Sann. 4 Apr. 2014.

Google Books

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“E Pluribus Unum: America in the 1920s.” Assumption College. Accessed 4 April 2008.
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