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The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Prohibition

Subjects:

Language Arts, Social Studies  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Prohibition
By – Lori Gwinn
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
The Great Gatsby and 1920s Unit Contents:
Great Gatsby Project Description
Magazine Project
Prohibition in the 1920s
1920s Trends – Fashion
The Automobile
Famous People from the 20s
The Jazz Age

Prohibition in the 1920s

Jay Gatsby spent a number of years trying to establish himself so that Daisy would approve of him. Little did he know that no matter how much money he made, she would never love him. He wasn’t rich. Gatsby became a part of one of the largest money making endeavors of the 1920s. He became a bootlegger. The Volstead Act was passed in the summer of 1919. As a result, sale and distribution of alcohol became illegal. The social climate of the era did not respond to this regulation. Many people became involved in an underground movement to sell and distribute alcoholic beveratges. Through these illegal operations, Jay Gatsby was able to obtain enough money to purchase a home just across the bay from Daisy. His mysterious connections with Meyer Wolfshiem leave the reader with questions of the extent of Gatsby’s involvement with the attempts to smuggle and consume alcohol in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby and 1920s Unit Contents:
Great Gatsby Project Description
Magazine Project
Prohibition in the 1920s
1920s Trends – Fashion
The Automobile
Famous People from the 20s
The Jazz Age

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