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FEB 2 - The Roaring Twenties

A look at the Roaring Twenties, a decade of prohibition, bootleggers, Speakeasies and Al Capone.

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The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties, a decade of prohibition, bootleggers, Speakeasies and Al Capone. It was also a decade where immigration was hotly contested with new major legislation passed  that shaped policy for a generation.  A decade where race issues dominated, including the destruction of Tulsa which has been called the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. An attack carried out on the ground and even from the air.   A decade where the nation saw thousands of  KKK  in white sheets march through the streets of Washington D.C.  It was also a decade of fads and entertainment, the “flapper” and jazz.  A time when  radio came of age and the nation witnessed the first talkie movie. A decade that would come to a dramatic end with the start of the worst depression in American history.

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This workshop will meet every Thursday, beginning Feb. 2, 2021, at the same time for 8 consecutive weeks (ending March 23). 

Class size is limited to 20 students so that all participants get some personal attention.

If you are a Humanities ND member this event is free. You can find the promo code in the Vault at

This class is taught by Perry Hornbacher. Dr. Perry Hornbacher is a full professor at Bismarck State College, receiving his D.A and J.D. from the University of North Dakota and his B.S. and M.S. in history from North Dakota State University. Professor Hornbacher teaches American History courses for BSC. During the last year he has also taught several courses for OLLI and BSC enrichment. He was awarded the first Bringing Humanities to Life fellowship award in 2015-16, for a project on “Teaching Tolerance through Historical Review of Intolerance”. The “Bringing Humanities to Life” purpose is to enhance scholarship and programming in the humanities for BSC.  Professor Hornbacher also was awarded the same award in 2016-17, for a project on “A historical overview of American history through the use of primary documents; the political cartoon” and in 2017-18, for a project on “Using popular music in order to give an understanding of attitudes and views of events in American history” and in 2019-20, for a project on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Perry recently contributed to the North Dakota Blue Book;  Chapter 13 of North Dakota during WWI, published in 2017 and earlier wrote a Book review for Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics by Michael J. Lansing (2015) for the North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains, published in fall of 2016.

Perry was very honored to be the recipient of the Larry Rowen Remele Award for 2017, established by the Northern Great Plains History Conference Council to honor the memory of Larry Rowen Remele, a longtime editor of North Dakota History.

Recently Professor Hornbacher has given presentations for Sensational Sundays at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum: Posters in the Great War,  2018, and Experiencing WWI Through Music, 2019 as well as other presentations at the Former Governor’s Mansion, Sybil Center in Stanley ND and at Bismarck State College Library.

Perry is married to Cammy, they have 2 sons, Nicholas and Kyle.  Cammy teaches Social Studies at South Central High School. Nicholas teaches English at Legacy High School and Kyle is employed as an engineer in Bismarck with Barr Engineering.

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However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally.

Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University.

To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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