This PowerPoint presentation introduces the 1920's by focusing on economic and social changes evident in a number of primary documents -- magazine ads and photos. There is very little text to analyze, except on one slide, which can be pulled out for small groups to analyze. Questions for discussion are included in the notes for each slide, where links to background sources are also provided. Each slide presents the document first, for discussion, and then adds text for notes on the main points for each discussion.
Key concepts include: mass production and the assembly line, effects of the introduction of affordable automobiles, proliferation of electrical products, consumer credit, consumerism, status display, the split between rural & urban and traditional & modern, the generation gap.
This is based on my work studying the use of primary documents at a training sponsored by the Library of Congress.