Th Day That Changed My Life Essay

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Americans were intolerant in the 1920s, how far do you agree with this statement?
On the one hand, there are a number of factors that suggest America was an intolerant society in the 1920s. Firstly, many Americans were intolerant to new immigrants. For example in 1920 two Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested for the robbery of $15,000 and the murder of two shop assistants in a shoe factory in Massachusetts. Sacco and Vanzetti went on trial in may 1921, they were found guilty and sentenced to death by electric chair. The evidence for Sacco and Vanzetti were 107 eye witnesses to say they were elsewhere. After the case “did you see what I did to those anarchists bastards” said the judge. The word Anarchist means that they are no rules; you are allowed to do anything you want. America did not agree with the beliefs of anarchists. This shows America was intolerant because Sacco and Vanzetti were not given a fair trial. 90% of people in America were scared of communists because communist believed that everyone should have the same amount of money. America allowed 1.5 million Russians and they were all communist.
America was intolerant to black Americans as well. Even the slavery ended in the 1800s, Americans were still discriminating black Americans. People started lynching black Americans in 1920s and it was not illegal in southern states. If a black person commit a crime people would hang them in a tree. For white Americans, lynching was entertaining. Black Americans were completely segregated from white Americans by Jim Craw laws. For example, in a train black Americans were not allowed in the first class because it was for white people. Even toilets, they were not allowed into the same toilet. KKK (Ku Klux Klan) was one of the most famous groups who were trying to make sure that black Americans and immigrants are in their place. They used violence to intimidate African Americans. In southern states in 1920 – 1925 there were 5 million members of KKK. They were dressed in white clothes covering all their body so no one can see each other. In north they were last to be higherd and first to be fired. This shows that America was intolerant as they were being racist to black people.
Evolution: how man became who he is today. The most famous theory of evolution is Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The Darwinian Theory has made an incredible impact on our present day life, society, science, and beliefs. In 1924 states in the Bible belt made the teaching of the theory of evolution illegal because people in that period were very religious and they were scandalized and angry of Darwin’s theory, it was a shock. In July 1925, a 24 years old biology teacher named John Scopes went on trial in Tennessee, one of America’s southern states. His trial caused a media sensation, appearing all over America in magazines and newspapers. Scopes was guilty and fined $100. USA was an intolerant country as they were not accepting the theory. There was intolerant of change in America.

On the other hand, 1920s America was a time of change and new ideas. There are many things which