Culture of the 1930s

How did popular culture change during the 1930s
– Entertainment became big business (creating Golden Age)
– Large radio networks
– Film companies ruled silver screens
– 2/3 of all Americans saw one movie per week

What were some of the themes of literature in the 1930s
– Working class heroes
– comic strips & comic books

Movies
Description:
– Film companies ruled silver screen
– Form of escapism (sought relief)
– Films reflected public distrust and others idealism
Examples:
– Wizard of Oz
– Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
– Frankenstein
– Top Hat (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers)
– Gone w/ the Wind

Radio
Description:
– brought news/entertainment into American homes
– FDR fireside chats (New Deal
Examples:
– The Lone Ranger
– War of the Worlds (Mercury Theater)
– Fireside Radio

Music
Description:
– diversion from hard times
– Folk & Ethnic music
– Latin music (popular)
Examples:
– “Swing”
– “Big Bands”
– Ellington (Ain’t got that swing)

The arts
Description:
– fed. government funded arts
Examples:
– Federal Art Project
– Dorothea Lang (Photographer)

Literature
Description:
– The novels featuring working class hero’s
– Comic strips / books
Examples:
– John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)
– Lillian Hellman (Strong roles for women)