Say, Mean, Matter: The 1920’s

Posted Eureka Lessons 11th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 11-12, Lessons, Reading Skills


1. Read each quote carefully.
2. Guess who said each quote and write the appropriate letter in the “Who” column.
3. In the “Mean” column, write what you think each person meant by what he/she said.
4. In the “Matter” column, explain why this person and his/her views are important during the 1920’s.

Who Said it?

  1. Henry Ford
  2. Andrew Mellon
  3. Calvin Coolidge
  4. Warren G. Harding
  5. Amelia Earhart
Say Who? Mean Matter
 “I have no trouble with my enemies, I can take care of my enemies all right.  But my damn friends, my God-damn friends… they’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!”
“The chief business of the American people is business.  The man who builds a factory builds a temple.  The man who works there worships there.”
 "Every time I reduce the price of the car by one dollar I get one thousand new buyers."
"So I accept these awards on behalf of the cake bakers and all of those other women who can do some things quite as important, if not more important, than flying, as well as in the name of women flying today."
 “Give tax breaks to large corporations, so that money can trickle down to the general public, in the form of extra jobs.”“A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues.”

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