Chapter 22: Depression, New Deal (and Spring Break)

by Dr. H - March 10th, 2018

This week before Spring Break we explore the 1930s — economics, culture, and politics (Chapter 22). You are also completing the second Constitutions Module and making progress on your Evidence-Based Paper.

Mon 3/12 – Reading: The Great Depression. Complete Constitutions Module #2 by midnight (on Blackboard).

Link: Smoot-Hawley Tariff in historical perspective (NYT Daily)

Wed 3/14 – Reading: The New Deal

Link: FDR’s first inaugural March 1933

Fri 3/16 – Reading: The New Deal Moves Left / New Deal Liberalism. DRAFT is due of your Evidence-Based Paper. Please bring it to class as a printed paper.

New Classroom starting on Friday, Feb 16 = Eager Auditorium (Sullivan 146)

We will combine with another HI 112 section for the rest of the term; see the announcement on Blackboard for details.

Links for Wednesday’s Culture of the 1930s workshop:

A Day in Radio (21 Sept 1939)
Mercury Theater of the Air
85 News Radio Programs from the 1930s from Internet Archive

FSA Photographs, WPA Murals
Dust Bowl Texas
Dorothea Lange – farmers
Mural by Charles Klauder, 1940
Thomas Hart Benton, America Today, 1931

Popular Songs:
“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (NPR)
“I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams” (Bing Crosby)
“Pennies from Heaven” (Billie Holliday)

Film Clips:
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Swing Time, 1936)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Wizard of Oz, dir. Victor Fleming 1939)
Two for a Penny (Grapes of Wrath, dir. John Ford 1940)
“Remember My Forgotten Man” (Gold Diggers of 1933, dir. Mervyn LeRoy 1933)

Image: “Fireside Chat Listener” statue in the FDR Memorial, Washington DC

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