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Title: 1920s Politics


1
1920s Politics
  • Harding and Coolidge with a little Hoover at the
    end

2
Political Climate During War
  • Wilson was a Democrat (political pause between
    Republicans)
  • Anti-leftist sentiments following war
  • Size and role of government
  • Which party do you think is going to win the
    election of 1920?

3
Democrats Republicans
  • White Southerners
  • Immigrants in cities
  • Where are the socialists?
  • Northern farmers
  • Businessmen/women
  • Professionals
  • Skilled workers

4
Warren G. Harding
  • Republican who wins Election of 1920
  • Blah, blah, blah, blah (generic)
  • Appointments full of corruption
  • Dies of heart attack in 1923
  • VP Calvin Coolidge becomes President

5
Teapot Dome Scandal
  • Uncovered by a 1924 Senate Investigation
  • Secretary of Interior Albert Fall is jailed for
    leasing government oil reserves to 2 oilmen for
    big bribe.
  • This is part of a culture of corruption that was
    widespread during Harding's administration.

6
Calvin Coolidge
  • A manufactured politician
  • Packaged by Bruce Barton (advertising exec)
  • Very Pro-business
  • Limited government involvement
  • Flood of 1927
  • Veto of McNary-Haugen Bill (purchase and overseas
    sales of surpluss crops)

7
Independent Internationalism
  • Isolationism tendencies except when it best
    serves America's interests
  • Promoted American Business Interests Abroad
  • Attempts at peace
  • 1921 Washington Naval Arms Conference (limits on
    warships between GB, J, US, I, F)
  • 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact (outlaws war)

8
Women in Politics
  • Women's movement loses focus- divergence in
    issues (child labor and prenatal care to feminist
    activism to labor unions to racism)
  • Does equality help women or take away their
    protection?
  • Feminism is seen as negative (communist) promote
    women as docile consumers

9
Probusiness Administration
  • Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
  • Trickle-down economics
  • Lower income taxes for wealthy
  • Child labor laws overturned by supreme court
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