A View from the Bridge. Socio-political context (The social and political history that is explored in the play) . Overview. Immigration – mass influx into New York and US from war-torn Europe during 19 – early 20C. The Wall Street Crash – 1929 = The Depression. The Cold War – 1950s
A View from the Bridge
(The social and political history that is explored in the play)
In this Rosh Hashana greeting card from the early 1900s, Russian Jews, packs in hand, gaze at the American relatives beckoning them to the United States.
Over two million Jews would flee the pogroms of the Russian Empire to the safety of the US from 1881-1924
U.S. postage stamp commemorating the vast Irish immigration to North America during the Great Potato Famine
For decades, immigrants were quarantined on the island until their entry was approved.
Today, Ellis Island is a museum that commemorates the millions of United States citizens who entered the country there.
Symbol of welcome to returning Americans and Immigrants at the port of New York, the entry point for thousands of European immigrants to the US.
The Bread Line, Great Depression
The Cold War