At a Glance


Supported by images and documents, this essay explores the culture wars of the 1910s and 1920s.

Matthew Davis and Pamela Pennock, Ohio State University

Clash of Cultures in the 1910s and 1920s

This interpretive essay, more than 10,000 words, on the culture wars of the 1910s and 1920s, is organized into four sections. It offers 34 documents and 75 images—photographs, cartoons, posters, flyers, and maps—to provide historical context and connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena. "Prohibition" includes an exhibition of photographs, political cartoons, and documents from the Ohio Dry Campaign of 1918. "Anti-Immigration and the KKK" presents a Klansman's manual, anti-immigration magazine articles, and the text of the Immigration Act of 1924. "The New Woman" contains sections on image and lifestyle, sexuality, opposition, the African American New Woman, and work, education, and reform. "The Scopes Trial" includes documents on fundamentalism and evolution and trial transcripts. The website provides 28 related links and bibliographies of 42 titles. This valuable site emphasizes the complexity of conflicts persistent throughout 20th-century American history.