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Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance Chronology Project (Fuller): Assignment

W.E.B. DuBois

The Jazz Age

Harlem Renaissance Women

Scopes Trial


This assignment will enable you to work as individuals as well as a group to discover the historical background for our study of the 1920s. In the process, you should begin to encounter resources for information as well as interconnections of ideas and themes.


Each of you will be assigned TWO of the persons, places or events on the list below. Using available research tools, you should discover the details AND significance of your chronology items. Please make use of the internet and other reliable sources (no Wikipedia) to discover details. You may also find your American History book or reference sources helpful. Use at least 2 dependable sources and record the citations. What is still controversial about that event or person?

  1. Print out a visual representation for your item. Pictures, cartoons, slogans, or other symbols are possibilities.
  2. You should also be ready to do a brief (5 min.) presentation on each of your items and their significance. Hand in your typed presentation report (at least a half-page) with the citations at the end. Your grade will be partially based on the strength of your sources.
  3. Presentations will begin on Thursday, September 10th.
  4. You must hand in your report on the day you present!

Significant Persons, Places, and Events

Booker T. Washington (Publishing Up From Slavery & “Atlanta Compromise”)

W.E.B. DuBois (Publishing of Souls of Black Folk, the Niagara Movement)

Marcus Garvey (founding of Universal Negro Improvement Association)

W. D. Fard & Elijah Mohammad (Nation of Islam)

18th Amendment Ratified/Volsted Act Passed/21st Amendment Ratified (all concerning Prohibition)

The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations

Louisiana’s “Grandfather Clause”

Stock Market Crash

Red Summer

The Great Migration

NAACP (founding, Marching down 5th Ave in NYC)

National Urban League

“Shuffle Along” premieres on Broadway

 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

New Ku Klux Klan founded c. 1916/ peak membership in mid-1920s

Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar minted 1925/Civil War remembrance 

Race Riots in 1919-20, most famously Chicago

Palmer Raids

 Origins Act becomes law, 1924- quota system to limit immigration

The Jazz Singer the first blockbuster talkie premieres

Aimee Semple MacPherson and Billy Sunday (evangelists)

Scopes Trial

Sacco & Vanzetti Trial

National Woman's Party/ERA proposed 

Lindbergh’s Transatlantic Flight (and baby kidnapping)

Al Capone’s Arrest & Trial