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Return to book index Chapter 20 : Epilogue: The United States Since 1919
Chapter Assessment Technology Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

Celebrities of the 1920s

Making an Electronic Presentation

During the 1920s, there was a dramatic rise in popular entertainment. Using the library and the Internet, find information about important celebrities of the time, such as Babe Ruth, Bessie Smith, or Charlie Chaplin.

Use presentation software to create a program about celebrities of the 1920s. Use the suggestions below to get started.

  • the 1927 championship boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney
  • important events in the baseball career of Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth
  • recordings of jazz greats
  • facts about movie celebrities of the 1920s

American Cultural History, 1920–1929 decade20.html
A starting point for researching all aspects of the Roaring Twenties, from Kingwood College Library. Sift through the many links on this gateway site to find photos and information about fashion and culture, the Harlem Renaissance, the writers and artists of the Lost Generation, political leaders, and art and architecture.

The Roaring Twenties exhibits/ Hooverstory/ gallery03/ gallery03.html
A concise overview of the Roaring Twenties from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, the site includes information about American culture, fads, sports, the consumer revolution, and the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Twenties, 1913???1929 biographyofamerica/ prog20/ feature/
A Web site from Annenberg/CPB, A Biography of America, discusses the Twenties with a time line of key events, photographs, and questions to think about the significant events of the era.

The Baseball Page
Anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about baseball, past and present. Ballplayers such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth have their own pages with brief biographies and plenty of stats.

Louis Armstrong encnet/ refpages/ RefArticle.aspx?refid=761551998
A biography of Louis Armstrong that also discusses his musical influence and places him and jazz in a historical framework from Encarta Encyclopedia.

September 22, 1927, in Soldier???s Field, Chicago Colosseum/ 1008/ hwb2.html
A brief explanation of the Tunney-Dempsey boxing match and the famous "long count" that clouded the results and guaranteed its standing as a significant moment in the history of sports.

Duke Ellington???s Washington ellingtonsdc/
A companion Web site to a PBS documentary about jazz musician Duke Ellington and Washington, D.C., where Ellington grew up. Includes biographies of other African Americans who were important to the Harlem Renaissance.