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Society and Culture During the Great Depression

Society and Culture During the Great Depression

Motion Pictures

65% of the nation attended movies at least once per week.

15,000 Movie Theatres

Motion Pictures • 65% of the nation attended movies at least once per week. • 15,000

Popular Movie Stars

Clark Gable

James Cagney

Greta Garbo

Popular Movie Stars • Clark Gable • James Cagney • Greta Garbo
Popular Movie Stars • Clark Gable • James Cagney • Greta Garbo

Popular Movies

Hard Realities of the time portrayed in:

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

Gold Diggers of 1933

“We’re in the Money”

The Wizard of Oz

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

• Gold Diggers of 1933 – “We’re in the Money” • The Wizard of Oz •

Movies Offer an Escape

Comedies and Heroes Entertain the Masses

Grouch Marx

Radio’s

90% of Americans owned their own radio.

Orson Welles

Radio’s • 90% of Americans owned their own radio. • Orson Welles

Grant Wood

Artwork

• Grant Wood Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork
Artwork

Artwork – American Gothic

Artwork – American Gothic

Depression-Era Writers

Richard Wright – depicts the difficulties faced by a young man trying to survive a racist world.

John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath, reveals the life faced by survivors of the Dust Bowl.

a racist world. • John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath , reveals the life faced

Depression-Era Writers

Depression-Era Writers • While many writers focused on the harsh realities of the period, others focused

While many writers focused on the harsh realities of the period, others focused on the positive values of American culture.

Our Town – focuses on the warmth of small-town life in New England

The Time of Your Life – showcases the diverse assortment of characters in urban America.

Overall Legacy of the New Deal

Lead to Democratic Victories from 1932-1952

FDR – 1932,1936,1940,1944

Truman 1948

Democratic Majority in Congress for most of the same period.

– FDR – 1932,1936,1940,1944 – Truman 1948 • Democratic Majority in Congress for most of the
– FDR – 1932,1936,1940,1944 – Truman 1948 • Democratic Majority in Congress for most of the

New Deal Deficit Financing

New Deal Deficit Financing

Present Day Deficit Financing

Present Day Deficit Financing

Supply and Demand Debate

Supply and Demand Debate

Supply and Demand Debate

Supply and Demand Debate

National Labor Relations Board

Still around today – an important mediator between management and unions.

National Labor Relations Board • Still around today – an important mediator between management and unions.

Banking and Finance

SEC

FDIC

$100,000 - $250,000

Social Security – will it be around forever?

Banking and Finance • SEC • FDIC – $100,000 - $250,000 • Social Security – will