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How are people shaped by their time period?

The Great Gatsby

Through his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald has depicted a critical era in United States history.  You will be examining this time period to create a foundation which will help you better understand the novel.  Use the following resources to help you navigate your way through this period in American history. As you research, keep in mind the essential question:  How are people shaped by their time period? 

Books: Here are some of the books we have that might help you with your reserach. Check the library catalog for more!


Use the library catalog to look for more books on your topics.


Internet Sites

A collection of articles related to the 1920s- from prohibition to jazz.

The Roaring Twenties
From "The Best of" History sites: you'll find all sorts of topics here.

The Roaring Twenties
From the History Channel, a good overview of the era.

The Jazz Age
Check the tabs on this site for specific aspects of 1920s America

Organized Crime in the 1920s
A short video and other information on the links between organized crime and Prohibition

A short video overview of the Roaring 20s and the influence it had on F. Scott Fitzgerald and his novel, The Great Gatsby.

Academic Integrity

Cite your sources!

Mrs. Dickinson is requiring you to create and submit a works cited page for this project. BHS uses the MLA style of citation.  Hopefully you all have your Style Manuals from last year.  No?! Fear not, we have extra copies and it is also available on the Library Website




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