The Great Depression Of The 1930 ' S Essay

1348 Words May 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
The 1930’s were a period riddled by economic depression, dubbed the “Great Depression”, the economic mishaps of the 1930’s leaked out into affecting every facet of society, even the pop culture. The troublesome economics of the 30’s were overlooked by pop culture, as it deliberately used exaggerations and optimism to distract people from the reality of recession; while pop culture candidly documented political America in the 30’s, in which people were in search of a political hero. Bridled by the Stock Market Crash of 1929 in New York City, Americans needed an outlet from their economic struggles; thus Pop Culture in the 1930’s displayed this struggle, but often alluded to the much-needed optimism that people truly desired in such an economically dark era. The heat of the Great Depression is often seen as the era prior to 1933. In 1932, “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” rose to the top of the music charts, #33 most popular of the decade, and became an incredibly relatable song for the victims of the Depression. In what is often considered the Anthem of the great depression, artist Bing Crosby reflects upon how people went from being successful and wearing “Khaki Suits”, to begging for money with the line, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (Appendix A). In reality, many successful people were forced to beg for their salary, in 1931 The US Board of Education held back almost $10 Million in salary from teachers, leaving them with nothing but to beg for their pay. This song…

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