Many Americans spent the 1920s in a great mood. Investors flocked to a rising stock market. Companies launched brand-new, cutting-edge products, like radios and washing machines. Exuberant Americans kicked up their heels to jazz music, tried crazy stunts, and supported a black market in liquor after Prohibition. A popular expression of the time asked, “What will they think of next?”
Browse some photographs from “the age of permanent prosperity.”
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
John Scopes' free speech trial pitted science against religion after the teacher presented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee school.
A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.