As you learned in your breakout, advertising was a big part of the growing consumer society in the 1920s. Instead of just informing people about a product, 20s advertisers tried to influence consumers to buy products through the use of slogans, temptation, and guilt. The modern advertisements we see today started in the 20s – can you create one? Let’s find out …
You will receive a 1920s topic in class today, and your goal is to create an advertisement that describes the historical topic and “sells” the topic’s importance to your classmates. Your process is as follows …
- Research your topic for 10-15 minutes to find out the basic information and importance the topic had in relation to the 1920s (and the present).
- Create a visual/print advertisement (one page of a Word, Pages, or Google Doc, saved as a PDF) in the tradition of the 1920s. The ad should have visuals and a catch phrase or slogan that helps sell the topic’s importance in the 20s (and today, if possible).
- Create a 20-30 second radio advertisement to go along with the print ad. The radio advertisement should provide some essential information about the topic and discuss the importance of the topic in the 20s (and today, if possible). The radio ad should be saved as an .mp3.
- SAVE BOTH ADVERTISEMENTS and upload them on Google Classroom. We will use these in class on Wednesday and Thursday for a little bit of 1920s MADNESS.
How to save sound as an .mp3 on GarageBand
How to save a document as a .pdf
The Roaring Twenties overview from The History Channel
From the History Channel
From Digital History
- The Postwar Red Scare,
- Postwar Labor Tensions
- The Ku Klux Klan
- Sacco and Vanzetti
- Immigration Restriction
- Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism
- The Scopes Trial
- Politics During the 1920s
- The Consumer Economy and Mass Entertainment
- The Formation of Modern American Mass Culture
- Low Brow and Middle Brow Culture
- The Avant-Garde
- The New Woman