R 973 ALM 1919-1945
No narrative, but provides many facts about the time period, including population changes, the rise in smoking and other interesting facts.
R 973 ANN 2003 (volumes 14 and 15)
Exclusively primary source material from the time period. Includes drinking songs, articles in favor of Prohibition, and the effects that drinking (and not-drinking) have on youth.
R 973.91 OLS
Good for background information, including definitions, short articles on important people, places and events.
R 973.92 AME 1920-1929
Some of the most useful information on each time period in American history. American Decades provides useful information on important people, places and events in a year-by-year format. American Decades: Primary Sources is made up entirely of primary sources from the decade.
Shows the young men and women of the 1920s as an advance-guard of 20th Century culture, who freed themselves from the confines, traditions and morals of 19th century America.
Provides detailed information on what effect Prohibition had on American society, including information on speakeasies, corruption, massacres, and the loss of America’s innocence.
Tells the stories of a cross-section of people whose lives were changed by Prohibition, but also explores the greater societal ramifications of Prohibition (including institutionalized corruption, etc.)
Part III most directly explores Prohibition, while Parts I and II give background on the history of various American temperance movements.
History of temperance movements throughout American history. Would be good for background information.
Yes, the movie was based on this book. And it was real.
A history of the mafia’s rise from the 1880s to the post-WWII era, noting the role that Prohibition had in the establishment of the mafia’s defining characteristics.
Includes stories of Prohibition-era New York City.
Biographies of 4 women writers in the 1920s. Gives personal accounts of what happened, and how the Jazz Age affected their lives.
This is a rather chatty and personal view of the 1920s. It gives one woman’s insights into the decade, with additional primary source material, such as advertisements, cartoons and other ephemera of the decade.
A solid cultural account of the 1920s, with special regard to the large differences in “normal” and “progressive” ideals.
Eighty narratives originally recorded by members of the Federal Writers’ Project.
The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945
Focuses on the ordinary and everyday experiences of the average person.
Heavily illustrated book, with discussions on how the alcohol, music and other cultural parts of the 1920s influenced society at large.
A biographical encyclopedia of famous people in the 1920s, but also includes primary source documents relevant to the profiles (e.g., text of the 19th Amendment, political cartoons)
The last volume of “A People’s History of the United States”. Chapters 1-13 are most relevant to 1920s and Prohibition; they provide a good comparison of conservative vs. progressive populations.
Traces the historical, social and political events of the 1920s, offering information on such topics as prohibition, women’s suffrage, the stock market crash, Wilson’s Fourteen Points, and the Immigration Act of 1924.
The subtitle says it all – “Popular culture through history.” Gives an overview of the decade (including how Prohibition influenced culture), with in-depth analysis of subjects such as advertising, fashion, and more.
Covers the everyday activities in the United States during the time period. Each chapter covers the influence of a particular item on American life. This might be best for background information on the status quo for 1920s culture.
Provides a topical overview of the 1920s, with analysis of the cultural impacts that work, consumption, conformity and modernity had on society.
Uses 1927 as an iconic year of the Jazz Age. Explores various cultural topics, such as race, politics and crime.
Examines the history of the United States during the time of Prohibition, including why the 18th Amendment passed, the ways of bootleggers and gangsters, and the development of jazz.
Documentary on the many forces at work during the 1920’s, a decade of great prosperity, which ended in a great depression.
973.91 REM (Vol. 3)
This televised Time Capsule recounts the incredible events of the past 100 years. Through exclusive interviews and rare film footage you will witness the great wars, devastating disasters and social changes of this century decade-by-decade.
973.91 TWEN (Vol. 3)
This dynamic series brings the 20th century back to life – the good and the bad – through insightful narration, rare photographs and stunning footage. This collection is a salute to the first century ever entirely documented on film.
Deals with the promise of unlimited prosperity after World War I, the boom of the 1920s, the Depression and the New Deal.