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1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The 1920s and 1930s was a significant time in the United State's history. During this time, many things changed and evolved from the past such as life styles and the entire social structure. This is a collection on the following items that displayed the true colors of this transitional time period for the US.

Justin Lee

Anna Wessels- 1920s & 1930s artifacts

the purpose of this project is to display the most important parts of the 1920s and the 1930s using artifacts from that era, as well as help us better understand the current laws that are in place. 

anna wessels

1920s and 1930s Artifacts

Find "artifacts" that people used at that time and learn and explain why they were important and how they were used

Cole Dastrup

Cederic Frank 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

These artifacts represent and the symbolize the important elements of the 1920s and 1930s. During these eras the United States of America faced dramatic changes in politics and the economy. As the stock market began to boom and credit was handed out very easily, major shifts occurred in economics. Furthermore, as the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, politics were affected as well. 

Cederic F

1920s and 1930s Artifacts

This project is meant to display the standout artifacts of the 20s-30s, and their significance to the time period. 

Emily Duong

1920s and 1930s Artifacts

This is a project for my online US history class. Which is about certain artifacts in the 1920s-30s.

ally northrup

Christina Sturgeon 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The purpose of this project is to learn more about the 1920s and 1930s through real artifacts of these time periods. This will help you understand what life and society was like during these times.

Christina Sturgeon

Traqueros, part 3: The Art of Martín Ramírez (1895–1963)

Martín Ramírez (1895–1963) was born in Jalisco, Mexico. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1925 to work in California as a miner and a traquero. Poverty and his need to seek steady work forced him to leave his wife Ana and their four children in Mexico. The Great Depression left him unemployed, and acute mental illness led him to be remanded to the DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, California in 1948, where he lived until his death in 1963.

As told by the curators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: "Around 1948, Ramírez began to draw on an eclectic array of paper surfaces—brown wrapping paper, laundry lists, paper cups, old letters—which were glued together to form a unified drawing area. He made use of a variety of tools and techniques, including crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, chalk, ink, and collage.

"Ramírez's motifs reflect his life in two distinct cultures. His highly patterned, intricate drawings present fantastic renditions of subjects such as Mexican soldiers, Madonnas, prairie dogs, cars, and trains. In terms of technique, what is most extraordinary in Ramírez's art is his use of line to create the many different kinds of space—niches, frames, stages—in which his protagonists are placed. Although flatness characterizes the overall effect of his technique, the numerous parallel lines in Ramírez's work bring about a sense of visual depth."

About 450 of Martin Ramirez's drawings and collages are known to exist. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest autodidactic artists. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at museums around the world, including the Centro cultural/Arte contemporáneo in Mexico City (1989), the American Folk Art Museum in New York City (2007, 2009), and the Museo nacional centro de arte Reína Sofía in Madrid (2010).

#EthnicStudies #MexicanAmericans #Traqueros #Railroads #SelfTaught #Latinos #Chicanos #Artists #MartinRamirez

David Colon

Nomi Heidari 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The 1920s and 1930s Artifacts Projects allows us to search for artifacts from the United States during this time period in order to further understand the circumstances of the nation. The artifacts help show what the country was facing during these decades.

Nomi Heidari

Gustavo Marin, 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

This project is used to show the important issues of the 1920s and 1930s by using artifacts from that time period.

Gustavo Marin

Chuck Smith 1920s, 1930s Artifacts Collection

The purpose of the project is to find artifacts that represent the time periods of the 1920's and the 1930's. Then you have to describe the artifacts and why they represent those time periods the best. 

Charlie Smith

Sons of Liberty Stamp Act


Traqueros, part 2: Chain Migration and Boxcar Communities

A profound result of the vast employment of traqueros in the transportation industry was the railroads' corporate strategy to establish means for "chain migration." Chain migration refers to the process of immigrants from a particular region or town following the path of prior immigrants (from their same region or town) to the same destination. 

As the agricultural, petroleum, and cattle ranching industries of the Southwest expanded to a vast scale in the early 20th century, the demand for traquero labor grew as well. To meet this demand, companies like the Santa Fe Railroad incentivized traqueros to bring along their families, including wives and children, to live on sites by the rail yards rent-free. 

A key tactic in this strategy was the practice of housing traqueros in converted boxcars. These converted boxcars would be grouped together into settlements, which tended to be of two types: one was a species of "mobile villages" that moved along the train tracks, whereas the other type was comprised by taking boxcar quarters off the rails and grouping them together on the outskirts of rail yards in areas usually saved for section gangs. Historian Al Camarillo, in his book Chicanos in a Changing Society: From Mexican Pueblos to American Barrios in Santa Barbara and Southern California, 1848-1930 (1979) has termed the process of establishing boxcar settlements as "barrioization," because these family-centered communities demonstrated the sustainability of Mexican American communities, as well as familiarized Mexican immigrants with different parts of the U.S. that would become significant Mexican immigrant destinations.

Mexican boxcar communities existed all over the country and in major cities including Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 

On April 18th, 2016, Dr. Antonio Delgado, a former Smithsonian Institution Visiting Scholar (1998), presented his research on Mexican boxcar communities in Chicago at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum. Illinois Humanities sponsored the event, publishing the Daily Herald's notice of the program on the Illinois Humanities' news blog. The online story includes a trailer for local station WTVP's documentary, Boxcar People, for which the now adult children of traqueros were interviewed. 

#EthnicStudies #MexicanAmericans #Traqueros #Railroads #BoxcarCommunities #ChainMigration #Latinos #Chicanos

David Colon

Boston Massacre


Hannah McIver: 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The purpose of this project is to give insights on life in the 1920s and 1930s through the artifacts that represent the culture in that era. Through these images we can further understand and recognize the important inventions people acquired and the important events people went through during the 1920s and 1930s. 

Hannah McIver

Digital Museum Resources for the High School Ethnic Studies Classroom (City of Austin Parks & Recreation)

This collection includes digital museum resources and replicable activities that will serve as a springboard for discussion during the Exploration of Ethnic Studies workshop at the  City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department on October 29-30, 2019. The collection models how digital museum resources can be leveraged to support critical thinking and deeper learning for high school Ethnic Studies curricula. The collection can be copied and adapted for use in your own classroom. 

This collection was co-created with Ashley Naranjo.  This program received Federal support from the Latino and Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pools, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.


Philippa Rappoport


Exploring shapes with preschoolers

Alix Fitzpatrick

1920s and 1930s Artifacts

Exploring significant events, people, and movements of the 1920s and 1930s through artifacts from that time period.

E. Garmon

Jacob Ryan - 1920's and 30's Artifacts

Collecting physical pieces of evidence that really sum up the key points of the Roarin' Twenties and the not so roarin Thirties.  

Jacob Ryan

Meaningful objects

Can objects have meaning? What is symbolically meaningful in your life?  Through photography and text, use aesthetic choices to make your meaning visually strong. 

The first image is from the Smithsonian collection. The other images are from students at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY.

louise brady

ethan joseph 1920s and 1930s artifacts

this project is intended to illustrate some of the artifacts from the era of the 1920s and 30s that played a key role in the development of the two decades. were describing the artifacts in detail to give an idea of how they work or what their importance is.

Ethan Joseph

The great depression

Mabi Aleman

Mingyang Sun-1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The purpose of the project is to collect artifacts of 1920s and 1930s that showed the significance of these two decades.

Mingyang Sun

Sami Ryan - 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

This project is to demonstrate my knowledge of the 1920s and 1930s using artifacts and to highlight how the times shaped the most important ideals and American values within these decades.

sami ryan
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