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Decades of Transformation: Bridging the 1920s and 30's

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Each item in this collection reflects the changing culture of America between the two World Wars. As we read The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men, consider how these pieces show the change of mindset across the decades.

Your task: select 5 artifacts and write a short paragraph for each saying how the object relates to 1) the era it is from, 2) to two texts, and 3) the other objects in you collection. Do not answer the three items like a list; rather, think about having your entire paragraph answer these questions: Why did I choose this object for this collection? What does it add to the whole? How can I interpret this object for the visitors of my gallery?

For your writing voice, sound authoritative, like a museum placard (those little signs next to objects). You do not need direct text evidence, but you do need to reference one or both of the texts.

Le Tumulte Noir/Jazz Band

National Portrait Gallery

The Hub

National Museum of American History

F. Scott Fitzgerald

National Portrait Gallery

Dust Bowl

Smithsonian American Art Museum

American Farm Hand

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Plowing

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Joe Jones

Archives of American Art

Valley Farms

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Portrait of America: The New Deal [fresco] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The End of the Horse--Or New Deal

Smithsonian American Art Museum

How To Get Over The Prohibition Law.

National Air and Space Museum

Oh You Bootlegger novelty

National Museum of American History

Whoopee at Sloppy Joe's [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Make Your Own Beer at Home [Advertisement for malt extract.]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

WPA dismissal notice to Julian Levi

Archives of American Art

The Beginning of the WPA

Smithsonian Channel

"Migrant Mother," by Dorothea Lange

National Museum of American History

List of business depressions

Archives of American Art

John Steinbeck

National Portrait Gallery

Aspects of Suburban Life: Polo

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Hobo

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Two Hobos

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Al Capone and other gangsters

National Portrait Gallery

Battle of the Marne.

Smithsonian Libraries