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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


Photography

Photography


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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