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1920s & 1930s

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What was life like for Americans during the 1920s? How did life change in the 1930s? Did all Americans share the same experiences throughout these two decades? 

In the two decades between the end of WWI and the start of WWII life in America changed dramatically. Use the artifacts in this collection to create an exhibit that can help to answer these questions.

What is most important to know about America in the 1920s and 1930s ?

What is the most significant change that took place after the 1929 Stock Market crash?

32c 19th Amendment single

National Postal Museum

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

National Museum of American History

Ku Klux Klan Hood, 1920s

National Museum of American History

Cocktail Shaker

National Museum of American History

Emerson Radio

National Museum of American History

Al Capone

National Portrait Gallery

Model T. Ford

National Museum of American History

Jazz Dancers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hot Chocolates

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Presidential Campaign Advertisement, 1920

National Museum of American History

Frigidaire

National Museum of American History

Theatergoers

pbs.org

greeting card

National Museum of American History

Subway

Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Migrant Mother," by Dorothea Lange

National Museum of American History

Sharecropper's shack in Missouri

National Museum of American History

The Fifth Year

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Empire City Mining Co.

National Museum of American History

Third Avenue

Smithsonian American Art Museum

First Vote Badge

National Museum of American History

Dies Irae (Oct 29)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Emergency Money

National Museum of American History

Mascara

Smithsonian Magazine

"Riot penny" charred during the 1921 Tulsa race riot

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Leila Hyams cinema card

National Museum of American History