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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children

Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children July/August 2020

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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2 min.
getting started

The “Roaring 20s” is a simple phrase used to describe a dramatic time in U.S. history. Many people associate the 1920s with excitement and energy. One historian called the decade a period of “unparalleled plenty.” Historians also refer to it as a “golden age” for sports, Hollywood, and the radio. The 1920s saw the rise of the flapper. It witnessed amusing fads, such as pole-sitting and dance marathons. It led to a new way of talking, as young people made up new, nonsensical phrases that became popular. It introduced Hollywood’s first movie stars—and their devoted fans. The decade saw other remarkable developments that offered inspiration. A new form of music—jazz—fascinated Americans. Big business generated great wealth in the country. Advances in the field of entertainment introduced more Americans to the radio and…

4 min.
harlem’s renaissance

At the turn of the 20th century, more than 90 percent of black Americans lived in the South, where they endured violence and racial segregation. But in the early 1910s, as many as 500,000 African Americans fled the South. They left behind lives working as sharecroppers to take advantage of the many factory jobs that opened up in response to World War I (1914–1918). Another 700,000 black southerners left during the 1920s. They were the first waves in the Great Migration. The Great Migration was the movement of many black Americans from the South to Northern, Midwestern and Western states. African Americans had hoped to be free of the racial discrimination they had endured in the South. They discovered, however, that they were not always welcome because of the color of…

1 min.

The Roaring 20s are sometimes referred to as the “Jazz Age.” Like that decade, jazz is difficult to pin down. The musical style was totally unlike anything before it. It grew out of sounds that had existed for centuries. Its inspiration came primarily from the music, feelings, and history of black people in America. Jazz is a highly personal music form. It focuses on individual interpretation and rhythm rather than traditional musical composition. Musicians vary the beat, the rhythm, and the volume. The freedom to experiment with the music while playing it—known as improvisation—is a main ingredient of jazz. In the early 1900s, the sounds of the blues, ragtime, French dance music, Spanish Caribbean rhythms, slave spirituals and work songs, opera, and the singing of street vendors all mingled in New Orleans,…

4 min.
gangsters profit from prohibition

The United States had grappled for years with the fight to make the production and sale of alcohol illegal. Americans who viewed liquor as an evil problem and a moral issue had formed religious or temperance groups as early as 1826. Those groups encouraged people to drink less or to stop drinking alcohol altogether. By the early 1900s, reform-minded groups had gathered enough support to make their concerns about alcohol consumption a national issue. They cited husbands and fathers who drank too much liquor and who were a danger to their families. They claimed that men—often the sole breadwinners in a family—spent their paychecks on alcohol instead of food for their families. They described men who grew verbally or physically abusive after drinking. Reformers claimed that Americans could reduce poverty, abuse,…

4 min.
meet the new woman

Many American women felt that they finally had become full citizens on August 26, 1920. That was when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law. The amendment granted women the right to vote. Women had struggled for the cause for more than 75 years. With the right to vote came a voice in supporting issues that were important to women—to attend and graduate from college, to own property, and to hold jobs in all types of occupations. American women of all colors and classes began to enjoy their new liberties in the new decade. One of the major changes was how young women interacted with society. Historically, women had assumed subservient roles to the men in their lives. They had followed decisions made by husbands, fathers, or brothers. They…

3 min.
entertain me!

The end of World War I (1914–1918) brought the dawning of an era of peace and prosperity. Many Americans’ thoughts turned to more frivolous ideas. The Roaring 20s were filled with new and exciting forms of entertainment. Americans embraced them with gusto. Radio had been in development since the late 1800s. It was employed by the U.S. military during the war, and it became popular for home use during the 1920s. The first radio networks began broadcasting in the early part of the decade. Soon, radio stations sprang up across the country. The Golden Age of Radio had begun. Imagine a time before the invention of the personal phone, the iPad, and the personal computer. Now, go back further in history, before big screen movies and television. The radio was Americans’ first…