|The 1930s in America were a time of unparalleled
contradiction and complexity. Encapsulated loosely on one end by Black Tuesday of
the Great Depression and on the other end by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the years
between 1929 and 1941 were characterized by what Terry Cooney calls "Balancing
Acts," a dance between big government and various regional movements, with the depths
of the Depression and the height of the Modern Age thrown in for good measure.
Despite its cultural richness, the 1930s remain nearly invisible in contemporary
discussions of America's artistic, cultural, political, economic, and social
development. This site is an attempt to shed light on that decade and emphasize its
importance in American thought and culture.
|America in the 1930s was created in June
1998 for the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia. It is a
continuing project, with new sites and resources added as students and faculty complete
new projects and improved technologies become available. Please return
|We have elected to view the 1930s through the
lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions,
architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression. The menu bar at the top
of your browser is a navigation tool which takes you to the front pages of the four
sub-directories of America in the 1930s:
|The black-and-chrome Rotunda will return you to the
American Studies @ UVA homepage
and the text America in the 1930s will return you to this page as you navigate
the various sub-directories of this site.
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