Jackie Diehl
Period D

The 1920’s were a time of prosperity and social growth for the United states. The war had ended, the economy prospered, the people lived well, and business boomed. New concepts of independence, and doing what one pleased filled the minds of the youth, encouraging a new morality of sorts. Life was changing for Americas people, black and while alike. These changes did good for the US but all forms of change, good or bad, have some opposing force. While the 1920’s are looked back on with reverence they were also a dark time filled with fear, defiance, and racial tension. Fears of communism, white supremacy groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, and   new laws like prohibition added to the air of trepidation filling American homes.
By definition Communism is Karl Marx’s idea of a perfect society, in which everyone is equal and over time the government ceases to exist. There is no crime, no pain, no suffering in this alleged perfect world. However, these beliefs about Communism were not adopted by the American people. During the 1920’s a massive wave of fear about communistic ideas spread through the US like wildfire, causing what we call today- the Red Scare. People saw Communism as a threat because Russia had been the first country to acquire this form of government. Soon after, they disbanded the war effort, broke their alliance with the Allies, and turned their back on Europe- they were traitors. Most citizens believed Communism would corrupt the values of America because of this. They feared it would destroy churches, friends, families, and all the bonds with others we hold dear. They feared uprooting the government would lead to changing the foundation America was laid on.   Americans also felt apprehension towards this new idea because they felt they needed a government to protect their rights. Most people felt that without a government in place society would not be able to function. This made Americans angry at Communists,...