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How did the Great Depression & the New Deal influence art & literature? Did literature during the 1930’s present a positive or negative view of American Society?. Joe Wang, Cierra Scott, Madeline Valdes, Melissa Potter.

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joe wang cierra scott madeline valdes melissa potter

How did the Great Depression & the New Deal influence art & literature? Did literature during the 1930’s present a positive or negative view of American Society?

Joe Wang, Cierra Scott, Madeline Valdes, Melissa Potter

edward hopper federal theatre project ftp 1935
Edward Hopper Federal Theatre Project (FTP) 1935
  • NY artist
  • Genre: Realism
  • (1942) Nighthawks
  • WPA sponsered
  • Theatre production jobs
  • Goal: To employ unemplyed artists, writers, directors
grant wood thomas hart benton
Grant Wood Thomas Hart Benton
  • American Gothic (1930)
  • Facial Expression
  • Stress
  • Muralist
  • Realism
  • Midwest content/roots
  • Country’s New Duet Group
1930s literature steinbeck and wright
1930s Literature: Steinbeck and Wright
  • Federal Works Project (FWP)
  • Employed writers to create guides and write about immigrants, ethnic groups, South slavery
  • Helped Richard Wright achieve in writing Native Son (1940)
  • About challenges of a man in world of racism
  • FWP helped John Steinbeck
  • Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  • Focuses on Okies fleeing Dust Bowl
  • Okies go to California and face hardships
1930s literature positive view
1930s Literature: Positive View
  • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941) –James Agee, Walker Evans
    • Farmers’ dignity
  • Our Town (1938) –Thornton Wilder
    • Beauty of New England
  • Gone with the Wind (1936) –Margaret Mitchell
    • Virtues of American culture
1930s literature negative view
1930s Literature: Negative View
  • Studs Lonigan Trilogy (1932-35) –James T. Farnell
    • Irish immigrant workers’ lives
  • U.S.A. (1930-36) –John dos Passos
    • Selfish rich class vs. nation’s promise
  • The Disinherited (1933) –John Conroy
    • Missouri coalfields violence
    • Self-experience
key terms
KEY TERMS
  • WPA: Works Program Admin.- employed artists to do literacy projects to educate America
  • Federal Writer’s Project: funded writers (part of the New Deal.)
  • Federal Theater Project: funded artists
timeline
TIMELINE

1935- WPA

1939- Grapes of Wrath

1936- Gone with the Wind (book)

1930- American Gothic

1940- Native Sun

1942- Nighthawks

1930- 45

question 1
Question 1
  • What is the basis of Richard Wright’s book Native Son?
    • A. An African American’s life in a racist world
    • B. Lives of Okies (people who fled from the Dust Bowl) in California
    • C. The hardships of farmers
    • D.A young boy’s adventures with a Native American
    • E. Wright’s tragic romantic past
answer 1
Answer 1

A. An African American’s life in a racist world

question 2
Question 2
  • What genre of art surfaced in the 1930s?
    • A. Realism
    • B. Modernism
    • C. Impressionism
    • D. Romanticism
    • E. Rococo
answer 2
Answer 2

B. Modernism

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