Fraser Owens 1920's Timeline

  • 18th Amendment

    The Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution, along with the Volstead Act, prohibited alcohol, except for religious purposes. Starting January 16th, 1919, all alcohol sales were banned in the United States. It was repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933, the only instance of an amendment's repeal.
  • Volstead Act

    The Volstead Act, formally the National Prohibition Act, went along with the prohibition of alcohol. The Anti-Saloon League's Wayne Wheeler conceived and drafted the bill, which was named for Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Following this act was the 18th amendment.
  • Palmer Raids

    The Palmer raids were attempts by the United States Department of Justice to deport and arrest radicals, especially anarchists, from the United States. More than 500 foreign citizens were deported.
  • Teapot Dome Affair

    This scandal was an act of bribery. A former senator, a friend of Warren G. Harding's, and a secretary were all blamed for accepting bribes from oil executives. The affair got its name because these people recieved their bribes at Teapot Dome, Wyoming.
  • 19th Amendment

    This amendment gave woman the right to vote. It was seventy two years after the thought of woman voting came about. This doubled the number of voters.
  • Red Scare

    The red scare was a bunch of crazy people being paranoid. It followed WWI and some anarchists bombings. It was Americas fear of communists, socialists, and anarchists. Innocent people were jailed for expressing their views, civil liberties were ignored, and many Americans feared that a Bolshevik-style revolution was at hand.
  • National Origins Act

    This law placed a limit on immigration. Americans were becoming mad at the amount of jobs they were losing to immigrants. So, because of competition the act was passed to exclude asian americans from coming to the U.S. and severely limited those from Europe.
  • Scope's Trial

    John Scopes, a high school teacher, was accused of violating the state's Butler Act that made it unlawful to teach evolution. Scopes was found guilty but released on a technicality.
  • Sacco and Vanzetti Sentenced to Death

    Two Italian immigrants were tried and prosecuted for the killing of two men in a payroll robbery. The men were executed even though the evidence against them was weak and proved they couldn't have done it. A portuguese ganster fessed up to the killing, but he was ignorned. Sacco and Vanzetti's death outraged the world.
  • Lindbergh Crosses the Atlantic

    Charles Lindbergh was a 25-year old U.S. air mail pilot. He was the first person to fly across the Atlantic ocean. He was the first one to do this successfully and alone.
  • The Jazz Singer

    This was the first movie released with dialouge that you could hear. It was produced by Warner Brothers. With its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie stars Al Jolson, who performs six songs, was a hit.
  • Herbert Hoover

    Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States
    Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author. In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican vote, despite having no previous elected office experience. Hoover was blamed for the Stock Market Crash even though it really wasn't his fault.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Out of nowhere, starting a couple months ahead of time the stock market started to decend at a rapidly growing rate until it finally bombed and hit rock bottom. The crash began a twelve year depression that affected all the Western industrialized countries and that did not end in the United States until the onset of American mobilization for World War II at the end of 1941. This event will forever be remembered as the worst depression so far.