AS@UVa 1930s Index

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THE 1930s ON FILM            

Film Projects
Film Archive
Short clips of notable films of the period, along with brief synopses.

  • Little Caesar (1930)
  • I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • The Black Cat (1934)
  • Duck Soup (1935)
  • Alice Adams (1935)
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
  • Stella Dallas (1937)
  • Stage Door (1937)
  • The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Penny Serenade (1941)
  • The Lady Eve (1941)
  • It's A Wonderful Life (1948)

THE 1930s IN PRINT         

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  • The Great Depression
    A comparison of the Depression in the United States and Europe.

  • Charlottesville in the Depression
    A local take on major political, social and militaristic events during the Depression through the lens of Charlottesville's VA's newspaper, The Daily Progress.

  • Aime Semple McPherson
    A study of the remarkable career of the most powerful female evangelist of the period.

  • Blue Plate Special: An Anthology of 30s Prose
    This collection has crime fiction, some real event reportage, strikes and riots as well as humor. Like a good square meal, it has a little bit from every group. Put them all together and you have a wholesome taste of the decade.

  • The Tradition of the Mountains
    An analysis of the southern Appalachian Mountains in literature.

  • Ideological Conflicts: Absalom Absalom and Gone with the Wind
    A comparison of two books about the South, one a high modernist text by William Faulkner which few read at the time, the other the broadly popular fiction by Margaret Mitchell.

  • The Dancer's Dance: Mules and Men -- a Hypertext
    The complete text of this important work by Zora Neale Hurston includes extensive editorial and critical commentary, images and biographies.

  • The WPA Guide to the Old Dominion
    Full text of this volume in the WPA Guide Series in addition to a series of projects directed at researching what the Guide did not describe, the actual life of citizens in the Old Dominion.

  • American Humor: A Study of the National Character
    Constance Rourke's insightful study of American Folk Culture. From Yankee peddlers to Ring-Tailed Roarers from the Old Southwest, from Davy Crockett to Melville, Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, Rourke maps the peculiar shape and texture of American humor. The full text digitized.

  • Made in America: The Arts in American Civilization
    The full text of John Kouwenhoven's study of the vernacular tradition in American Culture, especially what Kouwenhoven calls "the practical aesthetic" which underlies both the original agrarian culture and the emergent industrial culture.

  • The Seven Lively Arts
    The full text of Gilbert Seldes ground breaking account and defense of American Popular Arts, of film, popular music and dance, musical comedy, cartoons, and popular fiction.

  • Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s.
    The full text of Frederick Lewis Allen's classic account of the eleven years between the defeat of Germany in WW I to the stock market crash in October, 1929 from the perspective of the Depression.

  • Fortune Magazine in the 1930s
    Site investigating responses to the Depression, especially those of the graphic artists and editors who designed the covers of the magazine

  • Vanity Fair
    Consideration of Vanity Fair not only as a reflection of its time, but as a conscious effort to shape attitudes and beliefs during the Great Depression.

  • Urban and Urbane: The New Yorker Magazine in the 1930s
    An analysis of the New Yorker Magazine and the appeal of this intensely local magazine to a national audience.

  • Portrait of America: Survey Graphic in the 1930s
    An anthology of articles and images from Survey Graphic, a popular public forum for discussions about unemployment, labor unrest, race relations, health care, and technological change.

  • Saturday Evening Post Covers
    A collection of covers from 1929 to 1941.

  • Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro
    A hypertext of this famous edition of Survey Graphic

  • Comic Strips of the 1930s
    A look at Krazy Kat, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Little Orphan Annie, Buck Rogers and Superman.

  • Superman
    Includes Superman's first appearance in Action Comics #1.

  • Some Say it With a Brick: George Herriman's Krazy Kat
    An inquiry into Herriman's treatment of class, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality and technology.

  • Babe Ruth
    Probes the construction of Babe Ruth as an American cultural icon.

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THE 1930s ON THE AIR            

  • The Cavalcade of America: Examining the Myth and Reality Hero Worship in American Radio
    Abraham Lincoln and Annie Oakley, Thomas Jefferson and Geronimo, all subjects of the Dupont Company's Cavalcade of America broadcasts in the 1930s and all suggesting something of the complexity of the pantheon of American heroes.

  • The War of the Worlds
    A Gullible Nation?: A Closer Look at a Night of Panic
    The complete broadcast of Orson Welles' famous 1938 radio program accompanied by an exploration of the cultural conditions that led to the ensuing panic.

  • Amos 'n' Andy: In Black and White
    An analysis of the cultural dynamics of the most popular radio show of the 1930s.

  • Superman in Identity Crisis: The Many Faces of the Man of Steel
    An examination of the origins and transformations of Superman including the first 16 episodes of the radio program.

  • The Visitor in Your Living Room: Radio Advertising in the 1930s
    A study of radio advertising in the 30s, including the structure of the common ad, the psychology at broadcast advertising's roots, and the radio's effect on mass culture.

  • This Land Is Your Land: Rural Music in the Depression
    This site scrutinizes the evolution of traditional rural music -- through distribution by record and radio -- into the commercial genre of Country & Western during the Depression.

  • Woody Guthrie: This Man is Your Myth: This Man is My Myth
    Woody Guthrie as a collective idealization, an iconic American figure.

  • Urbane Cowboys: in the 1990s
    Analyzes's connection to the culture and music of the 1930s

  • Hep, Hot, and Headbanging: The Retro Rebirth of Swing
    A history of Swing Music through the 20th century

  • Jazz: Marking Time in American Culture
    A web site supplement to Professor Scott Deveaux's MUSI 212: Introduction to Jazz at the University of Virginia.

  • The Robert Johnson Notebooks
    A collaborative effort examining the poetry and song of the famous blues musician, Robert Johnson.

  • The Jukebox: Popular Music in the 1930s
    That's right, a jukebox filled with the most popular vocals and instrumentals of the decade.

  • A Day in Radio
    On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day. That whole day is presented here.

  • On the Air: 1930s Serials
    Clips from the following classic 30s radio programs:
       Amos 'n' Andy
       Little Orphan Annie
       Jack Benny
       Burns and Allen
       Dick Tracy
       Fibber McGee and Molly
       The Lone Ranger
       Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
       Uncle Remus
       Buck Rogers (Episodes 2 and 4)
       Superman (Episodes 3 and 10)

  • The Free Company
    Complete broadcasts of the ten half hour programs in this series of dramas loosely based on the Bill of Rights, includes:
       The People With Light Coming Out of Them
       The Mole on Lincoln's Cheek
       An American Crusader
       One More Free Man
       Freedom's a Hard Bought Thing
       His Honor, The Mayor
       A Start in Life
       The States Talking
       The Miracle on the Danube
       Above Suspicion

  • FDR Speaks
    Audio of various speeches of FDR including the famous "Quarantine" speech, the dedication of the Bonneville Dam and his second innaugural address.
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THE 1930s ON DISPLAY      

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