Fight Club Special
The plan is for an online GCSE History debate between Little Heath and Sir Henry Floyd. It will be done here (as we don’t have a proper GCSE site yet) through posting comments to this post.
The aim is to get you really thinking about how to construct analytical and powerful arguments in as few words as possible.
Obviously the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule is also that you do not talk about fight club. However the third rule is that each school will get two posts of no more than 200 words. Credit will be given for the power of your arguments and evidence deployed (you should aim to interact with it where it is appropriate).
The timeline will be as follows.
Now – The title is released (Little Heath will argue for the motion and Sir Henry Floyd against it).
The week starting the 17th June – Little Heath have a week to make their first post in favour of the motion.
The week starting the 24th June – Sir Henry Floyd have a week to put their first post against the motion.
The week starting the 1st July – both schools have a week to post a rebuttal of the other school’s argument.
In the week starting the 8th July – Judging to take place.
This house believes that the USA in the 1920s was a good place to live.
The Little Heath Post –
This house believes that the USA was a good place to live in the 1920 mainly due to the consequences of the economic boom in this decade. (This in turn was caused by the USA’s industrial strength, new technologies, raw materials, the policies of the Republican party and an innovative and ambitious mind set). This boom led to many positive outcomes for the people of America, including; consumer goods, allowing people to have new luxuries such as telephones and washing machines. Another feature of the boom was the spread of electricity, which allowed people to complete previously difficult and time consuming tasks in considerably less time. The USA in the 1920s also gave new opportunities for different groups; e.g. young women were given more freedom, and strict traditional attitudes towards them were discarded. The young rich urban city women were referred to as “Flappers”. They smoked and drank in public, showed more flesh with shorter skirts, wore strong perfumes and make up and partied to modern dances like the Charleston. A prime example of this attitude is from the movie star Clara Bow. Major film industries were building in Hollywood and people were enjoying the cinema experience during their lessened working time, now standing at 44.2 from a once 47.4 hours a week. Movies became a multi-million dollar business. The above reasons were why the USA was seen as the land of opportunities giving people hope of a better life.
Henry Floyd reply – ARGUING AGAINST
We believe that the USA was not a good place to live in the 1920s as firstly, the ban on alcohol was largely ignored across America. This meant that the law was being broken by innocent, normal American citizens. Furthermore, prohibition increased criminal activity, for example, gangsters saw it as an opportunity for business, holding illegal speakeasies. This meant that violence was high between different gangs and murders were frequent, the most famous gangs were Al Capone’s in Chicago and Bugs Moran. Violence between these gangs resulted in the St Valentines massacre in 1929. Moreover, gangsters bribed Police, Judges and Politicians causing large scale corruption.
Another issue in the 1920’s was racial discrimination. There were many anti-immigration organisations. The most terrible of these was the Ku Klux Klan which murdered thousands of innocent “not true Americans” regardless of where they were born. There was a huge problem with poverty, particularly African-Americans in the deep South states because of organised crime and violent discrimination. Many immigrants were poorly paid and were made to work in labouring jobs such as agriculture. Also, women became subjected even though they were granted the right to vote. Some used this freedom to become flappers but still most women remained housewives.
Scarlett, Ellie, Lauren and Harriet