Information from Norton Anthology of American Literature, 7th edition
U.S. declares war in 1917
African Americans from rural South to northern industrial cities for work
Allowed more daylight for war production
Characterized by enlarging boundaries for acceptable self-expression. Young people particularly wanted more diverse, permissive, and tolerant styles of life. Prohibition merely taunted them.
Italian immigrants arrested after a robbery and murder in Boston. They were anarchists, and it was widely believed they were innocent but treated differently for their political beliefs. Executed in 1927. Many writers demonstrated in support of the two.
Mussolini becomes dictator of Italy
The war increased industry, putting an end to the economic depression.
Nine black youths indicted in Scottsboro, Alabama for the alleged rape of two white women. All found guilty; some sentenced to death. Convictions reversed twice. People across political spectrum saw case as crucial question as to whether African Americans could be tried fairly in South. Led to much literary output.
Created social security
Conserved and developed Indian lands. Served to decrease federal regulation and increase self-government.
Communists fought against fascism
This caused America to enter the second world war, which would end in 1945, following America's bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Allied Invasion of Normandy