Thomas Wolfe: Life in the Early 1900s

United States

American Civil War

1861 - 1864

The American Civil war changed the social and economic structure of the southern United States quite significantly. This impact has affected the South and southern culture for over 100 years.



Prevented blacks from voting in the South. This was something affecting southern culture of the United States. Although it was techincally legal for blacks to vote during these times, many southerners used violence, intimidation, and assassination to try to prevent blacks from voting.

Plessy v. Ferguson


This event marked the beginning of the "Seperate but Equal" act. It was a legal representation of Segregation. This meant that blacks and whites had to travel on seperate forms of public transportation. This just continutes to represent the racism present in the South during these times of internal conflict for the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt-President

1901 - 1909

Teddy Roosevelt was elected President of the United States, twice.

The First Featured Film in America


Oliver Twist was the first featured film in America.

Woodrow Wilson-President

1913 - 1921

Woodrow Wilson was the presiden that dealt with World War I.

The Red Scare

1919 - 1921

Red Scare was a nation-wide anti-radical hysteria provoked by a mounting fear and anxiety that a Bolshevik revolution in America was imminent—a revolution that would change Church, home, marriage, civility, and the American way of Life.

The Nineteenth Amendment


The nineteenth amendment gave women suffrage.

The Jazz Age

1920 - 1929

This age was a largely influential age for up and coming musicians, artists, or even authors.



The KKK began to rise in popularity and power, especially in the south.


1920 - 1933

This period of time deeply affected the lives of Americans.

Warren Harding-President

1921 - 1923

The official end of WWI occurred during his term. Also, the prohibition began during his term in office.

The Immigration Act of 1924


Severely limited foreign travel into the United States.

The Scopes Trial


This trial declared John T. Scopes violated a federal law by teachign evolution in school. This brough much tenstion between the competing theories of creationism and evolutionism.

Herbert Hoover

1929 - 1934

Was President during the Great Depression. Many Americans felt like he did not do much to prevent the depression from happening.

The Great Depression

1929 - 1944

The Great depression was an economically unstable time for the United States.

Franklin D. Roosevelt-President

1934 - 1945

President during both the Great Depression and WWII. He served 4 terms as president, longer than any other president in U.S. history. He was able to get America out of debt and he also was a large contriuting factor to America and WWII.


Fascism spreads throughout Europe

1920 - 1940

This period of time is when the idea of fascism was spreading like wildfire through countries like Italy, Germany, and Spain. Wolfe was in Italy, France, and Switzerland in 1924.

Benito Mussolini-First Fascist Government Leader

1920 - 1943

Mussolini rose to power in Italy during this time, creating the worlds first fascist government. Wolfe visited Italy in 1924/

Golden Age 20s

1920 - 1929

This age in Europe was a time of economic prowess for Europe, directly following WWI. Wolfe was in Europe most of the time from 1924-1926 working on novels.


World War I

1914 - 1918

World War I was a major event that chagned the lives of Americans quite drastically. American society went from producing goods to be self-sustaining in welness, to become self-sustaining in the war effort. The war economy also helped the nation's economy to grow by the end of WWI.

Olympic Games


This Olympic games was 2 years before Hitlers rise to power in Europe, and Wolfe actually attended this event.