Written by Nicole Gaudier, Curatorial Intern
This series will highlight 10 quick and easy facts about different cultures, artistic movements, and stylistic periods. Stay tuned for the next list in the series!
10. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic collapse; the worst in the history of the modern industrial world.
9. The Great Depression affected all industries and construction in the United States by halting or changing almost all production.
8. Some of the artistic and cultural movements from earlier in the century such as the Harlem Renaissance, jazz, and realism continued through the Great Depression.
7. There was a wave of artists who began to incorporate elements of nostalgia into their works, likely as a reaction to the challenges they were facing.
6. Americans would listen to the radio and go to the movies as an escape from their lives and to learn how America was fighting against its social and economic problems.
5. Many artists mirrored the nation’s weariness from the Great Depression with sad scenes that alluded to hardship and even death.
4. Many artists portrayed the despair held by most Americans as a result of the record high unemployment rate and low job availability throughout the Great depression.
3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was elected in 1932, began many programs and projects, collectively known as the New Deal, that would provide jobs, stabilize the economy, and provide relief to those in need.
2. Despite the New Deal’s many measures and their alleviation of the worst effects of the Great Depression, it was the humming factories that supplied the American war effort that finally brought the Depression to a close.
1. Although the Great Depression lasted from 1929 to the early 1940s, it affected many aspects of American life and culture for the remainder of the 20th century.
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