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 idealismExamples:- 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 DealExamples:- 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 artsExamples:- Federal Art Project- Dorothea Lang (Photographer)

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