The USA 1919 - 1945: a nation of contrasts

Ref: C2225427

It was called the Jazz Age; a period of unprecedented economic boom and prosperity with American industry leading the way. The decade was a reaction to the Great War years; the status of women was redefined, as the 'flapper' was born. Into this vibrant America came the advertising men and Hollywood selling Americans hope and a ‘better life’. It saw a rise in urban crime linked to prohibition, as well as corruption in government and xenophobia triggered by the Russian revolution. It was an age of unprecedented industrial growth rooted in new technology and new methods of mass-production; accelerated demand for consumer goods and the fulfilment of the aspirational American Dream, plus significant changes in lifestyle and culture. However, beneath the surface, urban and rural, there lurked racial segregation, poverty, misery and an underclass for whom there was no economic miracle. This was America after the Great War; a nation of contrasts.

Course aim

To be able to explain some of the forces of change in the USA in the years after the Great War. To develop and extend knowledge and understanding of the USA in the 1920's,

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To develop an interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance
  • To be able to explain some of the forces of change in the USA in the years after the Great War.
  • To evaluate historical parallels with the modern world and place them in a modern context
  • To develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and investigate them critically using a range of sources
  • To actively engage in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • . You will be encouraged to share your ideas and views with others.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Assessment and feedback will be through oral contribution and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The USA 1919 - 1945: a nation of contrasts

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