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Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

After WWI: The Twenties and Presidents Harding and Coolidge

maps from Knowledge Quest
We compared the maps of World War I and Europe Post World War I, especially looking at the countries that did not previously exist and what countries changed in size and which ones disappeared altogether.

After the First World War, many countries in Europe faced huge problems because they had spent so much money on the war. Lots of people were out of work and there were food shortages. People began to think that these problems needed drastic new solutions. Thanks to Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom, we used several maps from Knowledge Quest this week.
map from Knowledge Quest

In Russia
After Lenin's death, in 1924, Josef Stalin took control of Russia. He made farmers give up their land and form together collective farms. 

In China
In 1911, a revolution broke out and a group called the Kuomintang seized power from the Manchus. By 1928 they governed  most of China. One group of Communists, led by Mao Zedong, set up their own government in the southern part of China.
 Usborne Encyclopedia of World History

In Italy
Benito Mussolini took over ruling Italy and banned all other political parties. This is known as fascism.

map from Knowledge Quest

In Ireland
Home Rule, the process of allowing Ireland more say in how it was governed, was an issue that was put on hold until World War One had ended. I did not go into the Easter Uprising with the younger boys, although Sam read about it. The government devised a new Home Rule bill for 1919. This stated that Ireland would govern itself within the Empire but in two separate parts - the south, and the six counties of the north (mainly Ulster).The north accepted the act and in 1921, however, the south did not accept one part of the act. All of this led to the Irish Civil War, a conflict which continues to influence Irish politics to this day.


From Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
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We compared the clothing of 1907, 1920 and 1938.

The Roaring Twenties of the US
In 1920–1921 there was an acute recession, followed by the sustained recovery throughout the 1920's. The Federal Reserve expanded credit, by setting below market interest rates. This led to a period in which people spent and enjoyed more.

Model Railroad scene of prohibition,
Model Railroad Museurm, Johnson City, TN

lapbook piece from
Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
  • Prohibition
  • The Jazz Age
  • George Gershwin (Homegrown Learners has a great unit on Gershwin)
  • Flapper Dresses
  • Art Deco
  • The Serum Run to Nome (Iditarod)
  • The Scopes Trial
  • Chrysler Corporation, founded in 1925
Mount Rushmore Activity from The Crafty Classroom


  • Mount Rushmore
  • Robert Goddard tests the first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926
  • Babe Ruth
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Tony Sarg, the puppeteer that began the floating balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
  • Richard Byrd, the first to fly across the South Pole in 1929
  • The 18th Amendment and the Prohibition Era
  • The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote
  • Hollywood, the motion picture capital of the world

  • The Gangsters
1928

  • At the end of the 20's Walt Disney began making Mickey Mouse cartoons.

Presidents

Warren Harding

29th President
Served: 1921-1923
Party: Republican
Established the Bureau of Veteran Affairs, meeting the needs of those who served in the armed forces
Peace treaties signed officially ending World War 1
Planned a “Voyage of Understanding”, making his way across the country to talk with ordinary people.
On his way back from Alaska, became sick. Died in California

Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

30th President
Served: 1923-1929
Party: Republican

Became President after the death of Harding

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