Thursday, March 12, 2009

Booming 1920's

"In accounts of the rise of the modern liberal state in America, the 1920s generally appear only as a historical parenthesis between the progressive era and the New Deal. No question the decade saw relatively little extension of government social programs and economic regulation. But if we take civil liberties and the rules governing the public sphere to be integral features of the liberal state, the twenties were a crucial decade, for it was then that the courts, and to some extent Congress, began to develop a more protective legal framework for free speech"(286). The 1920s was an underrated force that aided in the beginning of a positive in civil liberties and freedom of speech for people. The 1920s was a big turning point for people and intellectual advancement and the out pour of urban culture.


At 9:56 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good choice of quotation. (Always cite the source clearly, include the author and title of the source, not just the page number.)

I am not sure what you mean by the "1920s was an underrated force" --A decade is not a force it is a period of time. What were the forces that Starr cites as making the Twenties such an important decade in the history of civil liberties?


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