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A Social Revolution

Activity 3
WB p. 23

A Social Revolution

Group 1

Prohibition protesters calling for the repeal of the 18th Amendment

Group 2

33 Photos of Flappers That Show The Jazz Age It Girls In Action

A perfect storm of factors — cultural, political, and social — combined over the course of a few short years in order to give rise to the flappers. First, both the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic and World War I had just ravaged the world and killed a combined total of nearly 100 million people. The world thus remembered that time was fleeting and life should be lived to the fullest. Meanwhile, some of the earliest forms of feminism began to take shape in early 1920s America. The 19th Amendment [was] passed in August 1920, giving women the right to vote. Then the first proposal of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 inspired a power in women that was not present before. Women also benefited from the growing popularity of the automobile, which allowed them even more independence. At the same time, birth control became more widely available — thanks to the efforts of people like Margaret Sanger. The American workforce also saw an influx of women as countless numbers of men were called upon to fight during World War I. Women picked up the jobs they left behind, earning good incomes. And when the men returned from the war, many women weren’t so keen on giving up their newfound income and independence. The places where women could exercise their independence and spend their income were the speakeasies made possible by the beginning of Prohibition in 1920. These illegal bars became the playgrounds of the flappers and the place where their lifestyles and fashions would become famous.

“33 Photos of Flappers That Show The Jazz Age It Girls In Action”,, 2019.

Group 3

St Louis Cotton Band


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You are in charge of one document.

Workbook p. 23

Sum up your document in two or three sentences. Be ready to answer the basic questions: who, what, where, when.

a. Identify the different changes referred to in this document. Who was concerned?

b. How were Americans affected? How were roles in American society redistributed during this decade?

Useful vocabulary: My document deals with… The scene takes place in… It tackles… Their life evolved because... By then, they had to…
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings and learn about the other documents.

a. What consequences did the 1920s have for the population?

b. Who benefited most from this cultural shift? Who might not have welcomed the changes?

How were the boundaries between private and public spheres impacted?

Useful vocabulary: The period had huge consequences / a huge impact on… Thanks to… It can be considered as a massive leap forward to…
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  • conventional / traditional (adj.)
  • influential / popular (adj.)
  • rural ≠ urban (adj.)
  • drinking spot (exp.)
  • increase / proliferation / rise (n.)
  • pride / self-esteem / self-worth (n.)
  • embrace (v.)
  • enforce (v.)

Grammar in progress

L’ordre des mots

Observez les phrases en gras dans le texte du puis choisissez-en une.
a. Détaillez sa composition (sujet, verbe, complément, adverbe...).

b. Traduisez-la en français. Quelle différence remarquez-vous dans l’ordre des mots dans la phrase ?

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Let’s learn!

Word battle

Choose 10 words you have learnt on this page and jot them down on note papers. Exchange papers with a classmate, then give a synonym or a definition for each.

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

Record an audio guide

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

There is a new exhibition entitled “Social revolution in the 1920s: between private and public” in the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Select a picture that illustrates an aspect of this era and prepare the audio guide for it.

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