Revision for USA 1917-1929

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For an overview of the period, see the following Prezi.

Revision guides

  • Revision guide – can be used as a checklist of things you need to know can be found here.
  • I would always look at John D. Clare’s notes on America, 1917-1929 but ignore the period after 1929 from the Wall Street Crash onwards.
  • The same goes for the BBC’s Bitesize website – which is excellent but goes beyond 1929
  • A fairly useful revision powerpoint – not using mnemonics this time – can be roaring-twenties-revision-notes

Excellent Mindmap frameworks to help with active revision strategies can be found here.

Answering technique


As a quick self-test, can you list these things?

• FIVE reasons why America rejected ToV [IMAGE]
• TWO principles of the Fordney-McCumber Act
• FOUR reasons Americans wanted high tariffs [WAIF]
• THREE reasons Americans wanted to stop immigration [PRT]
• THREE laws to control immigration
• THREE measures to ‘Americanize’ immigrants
• SEVEN indications of a booming economy in the 1920s [CI SUCCESS]
• TEN reasons why industry boomed in the 1920s [PAT GOT CASH]
• EIGHT weaknesses of the American economy in the 1920s [FLOP CUTS]
• FIVE aspects of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ [POWER]
• SIX examples of racism in 1920s America [HACKLE]
• FIVE aspects of the Black renaissance [RHINO]
* SIX Factors leading to Prohibition [ACRIME]
* SIX reasons why Prohibition failed [DAMAGE]

One worthwhile way of revising is to see if you can expand all of these Mnemonics and of course if you can remember all the mnemonics themselves?

Mnemonic based revision notes

Games and quizzes

  • 1920s America quiz
  • Quiz on changes to women’s lives in the 1920s
  • Roaring Twenties Revision flashcards[1]
  • See this Quizlet for the Roaring Twenties
  • You could try this Kahoot
  • It is strongly recommend that you create your own physical flashcards using index cards and quiz yourself or get others to quiz you, using them. Pack them with information on a particular topic and write questions on the other side. (High Impact)
    • Increase the challenge by mixing up your topic cards from other sections of the course. Make sure that you neglect none of the questions, and focus most of your effort on those that you know least well. (High Impact)
    • Make 4 piles – 1. very difficult, 2. difficult, 3. OK 4. Easy. Spend your time revising from piles 1-4 in a ratio of 8:4:2:1 (i.e. You should be spending roughly 50% of your time on the very difficult pile; 30% on the difficult, 15% on the ‘OK’ and 5% on the easy pile. As you get better at the cards, change their positions so that you eventually end up with a pile that is easy. (Very High Impact)

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