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The 1920's

Pearson Vocabulary

TermDefinition
incentive a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something
mediate intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation
prudent acting with or showing care and thought for the future; showing good judgement
anarchist a person who believes that government and laws are unneccessary
deteriorate become progressively worse
emergence the process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent
imperial relating to an empire or emperor; having supreme authority
profound intense emotion; strongly felt; having or showing great knowledge or insight
racketeer a person who engages in dishonest and fraudulent business dealings
subsequent coming after something in time; following
drudgery hard, menial, boring, unpleasant, or dull work
embark begin a course of action, especially one that is important or demanding; to begin a journey
prosperity state of being successful in material terms; flourishing financially
psychologist an expert in the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context
sociologist an expert in the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society
suppress prevent the development, action, or expression of a feeling, (impulse, idea, etc.); restrain
aspiration a hope or ambition of achieving something
indigenous originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native
solidarity a feeling of unity or agreement among individuals with a common interest
modernism an urban trend of the 1920's that emphasized science and secular values over traditional religious beliefs
fundamentalism Christian affirmation of Protestant teachings and the belief that every word in the Bible was the literal truth
quota a fixed minimum or maximum number of a particular group of people allowed to do something
flapper young women who symbolized changes in societal mindsets by wearing short skirts, rouged cheeks and short "bobbed" hair
eugenics the early 20th century idea that intelligence and other favorable social traits were inheritable and found more frequently in some races than others (which led to forced sterilization and limited immigration)
jazz an indigenous American fast, free, loud, fun musical form based on improvisation
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