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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art


Returning from War

Black Americans in the U.S. Military from the American Revolution to the Korean War. New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs:

Hughes, Langston and Milton Meltzer, et. al., A Pictorial History of African Americans. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1956.

William Faulkner on the Web.

Wagner-Martin, Linda.Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Capital and Labor

Debs, Eugene. Writings and Speeches of Eugene V. Debs. New York: Hermitage Press, Inc., 1948.

Morais, Herbert, and William Cahn. Gene Debs: The Story of a Fighting American. New York: International Publishers, 1948.

Red Emma Speaks: An Emma Goldman Reader. Ed. Alix Kate Shulman. Amherst, New York: Humanity Books, 1998.

Stevenson, Elizabeth. Babbitts and Bohemians: The American 1920s. New York & London: The Macmillan Company, 1967.

Rise of Women

"The Seneca Falls Convention" National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Gordon Conway

Matthaei, Julie. An Economic History of Women in America: Women's Work, the Sexual Division of Labor, and the Development of Capitalism. New York: Schocken Books, 1982.

Meade, Marion. Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 2005.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Domesticating Drink. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Opdycke, Sandra. The Routledge Historical Atlas of Women in America. New York & London: Routledge, 2000.

Sivulka, Juliann. Soap, Sex, and Cigarettes: A Cultural History of American Advertising. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1997.

Who Were Babbitts and Bohemians?

Donaldson, Scott. "Possessions in The Great Gatsby." The Southern Review, 2001 Spring, 37 (2): 187-210.

Fried, Richard M. "Introduction" in The Man Nobody Knows. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2000.

Light, Martin. The Quixotic Vision of Sinclair Lewis. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1975.

The Dream Factory

Blumhofer, Edith L. Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody's Sister. Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.

Deverell, William "Plague in Los Angeles, 1924: Ethnicity and Typicality" in Over the Edge: Remapping the American West. ed. by Valerie Matsumoto and Blake Allmendinger, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Klein, Norman and Martin Schiesl, eds., 20th Century Los Angeles: Power, Promotion and Social Conflict. Claremont: Regina Books, 1990.

Starr, Kevin. Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

House and Home

Burchard, John and Albert Bush Brown. The Architecture of America: A Social and Cultural History. Boston: Little, Brown, 1961.

Doucet, Michael, John Weaver. "Material Culture and the North American House: The Era of the Common Man, 1870-1920." Journal of American History, V. 72, No. 3. Bloomington: The Organization of American Historians, 1985.

New Forms New Ideas

Comens, Bruce. Apocalypse and After: Modern Strategy and Postmodern Tactics in Pound, Williams, and Zukofsky. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1995.

Golding, Alan. "The Dial, The Little Review, and The Dialogics of Modernism." American Periodicals, V. 15, No. 1, 2005, 42-55.

Margolis, Marianne Fulton, ed., Alfred Stieglitz Camera Work: A Pictorial Guide. New York: Dover Publications, 1978.

Niven, Penelope. Steichen: A Biography. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1997.

Staples, Shelley. "1913 Armory Show" The Crossroads Project of the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia

Regionalism: Reacting to the Modern

Dorman, Robert. Revolt of the Provinces: The Regionalist Movement in America, 1920-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Rothman, Hal. Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Investigating "Americanness"

Kramer, Hilton. "The Ghost of V. L. Parrington" from The New Criterion Online:

Madge, John. The Origins of Scientific Sociology. New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1962.

Romanticizing Cowboys and Indians

Dilworth, Leah. Imagining Indians in the Southwest: Persistent Visions of a Primitive Past. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

Houston, Neal. Ross Santee. Austin: Steck-Vaughn Company, 1968.

May, Stephen. Zane Grey: Romancing the West. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1997.

Harlem Renaissance

Davis, Thadious. Nella Larsen: Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. Baton Rouge & London: Louisiana State University Press, 1994.

Hutchinson, George. The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White. Cambridge & London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.

Tolson, Melvin. The Harlem Group of Negro Writers. Westport & London: Greenwood Press, 2001.