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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 culture in which the novel takes place and understand the religious and societal forces that shape the lives and identities of the characters.  Use the following resources to help you navigate your way through this period in American history. 

Books: Here are some of the books we have that might help you with your reserach. More have been placed on reserve for you in the library, or check the catalog below.


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


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!

Mr. Stappenbeck 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.  Remember, databases provide you with citations!  And, Easybib is a helpful tool to use when citing the internet.




Internet Sites

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

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

Changes in American Culture and Society:  Sports and Leisure
From the BBC, an interesting article about sports in the 1920s.

America in the 1920s
Kahn Academy, a concise overview of the culture of the 1920s.



Insignia:  BOCES II New Media Web Site:
Extensive media lending library is available through this BOCES service.  The Insignia Media Portal will be your access point for the thousands of digital resources in the BOCES collection, including streaming video, as well as the reservation of physical items (audio books on iPod shuffles, cameras, etc.). Insignia offers some exciting upgrades from our previous system. 
New Login: log in with the same login information used to log into Office 365.