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Harlem, New York City, 1927. Archive Photos. SIRS Decades.

Organizing Question:
Were the "Roaring 20's" a decade of social harmony and prosperity or conflict and disunity?

Unity topics include:
  • Henry Ford and the Model T
  • Flappers
  • Motion Pictures
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • New leisure activities

Disunity topics:
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Science/ Scopes Trial
  • Racism and the rise of the KKK
  • Nativism, Immigration Restrictions and the Red Scare
  • The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Prohibition and the Rise of Organized Crime

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books such as encyclopedias offer short, authoritative information on every topic.

Search our reference e-book collection for your topic by just typing your keyword in the box on this button.

  • REF 973 AME American at War. Society, culture, and the homefront. Resch, J. Volume 3, 1901-1945.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

Non-Fiction Books

We have many non-fiction books about this topic are found in various sections of the library. Be sure to do a keyword search using the online catalog (Destiny) to find more materials.
  • 322.42 M The truth about the Ku Klux Klan. Meltzer, M.
  • 325.73 D Not like us : immigrants and minorities in America, 1890-1924. Daniels, R.
  • 345.73 F Justice crucified : the story of Sacco and Vanzetti. Feuerlicht, R.
  • 363.41 C The long thirst : prohibition in America, 1920-1933. Coffey, T.
  • 973.914 B America and the jazz age : a history of the 1920's. Boardman, F.

WHS databases

Log into any of these databases by clicking on the link. If you are away from home, you will have to use a remote username and/or password. These can be found on the Library Media Center brochure. Make sure to take one home before leaving school!!
  • SIRS Decades Research American History from 1900 to present. Find primary sources and articles.
  • Student Edition- Infotrac resource for finding reference, news, multimedia and primary source resources on all subjects.
  • U.S. History in Context provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Get your primary sources (actual news articles, ads, and political cartoons). Search these old newspapers- Boston Globe (1872-); NY Times (1851-); Christian Science Monitor (1908-); Wall Street Journal (1880-).
  • American History- American History the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.

Internet sites

BPL: electronic resources

You will need a BPL e-card in order to access these databases. Ask Ms. Dalbec if you need help applying for a card.
  • Virtual Reference Library - Includes more than 90 encyclopedias, plus numerous specialized reference sources covering a diversity of subjects including Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. Some "Junior" sources included as well.