The USA in the 1930s

The Great Depression dominated the decade of the 1930s in the USA. Other significant events included, the rise of organised crime despite the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The lynching of black Americans and KKK rallies continued unabated. The Eugenics policies of the USA were adopted by Nazi Germany. The kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby in 1932 transfixed the nation. The Hayes Code introduced in 1934 altered Hollywood movies almost beyond recognition. FDR was elected in 1932,1936 and 1940. Isolationism dominated American foreign policy until the attack on Pearl Harbour by Japan in December 1941.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Jim Callan, America in the 1930s, Facts on File, 2005
  • David Eldridge, American Culture in the 1930s, Uni of Edinburgh Press, 2008
  • ed. Hamilton Cravens, The Great Depression, People and Perspectives, ABC, 2009

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The impact of the Great Depression and the policies of FDR which addressed the economic, social and political impact of the Depression
  • The rise of organised crime even after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the FBI
  • The kidnapping of the Lindberg baby 1932 and the controversies surrounding it
  • Violence, racism and segregation and the politics of the Eugenics movement
  • The 1934 Hayes Code and its impact on Hollywood films
  • Expansion of consumerism, radios, TVs, vacuum cleaners, motor cars, white goods
  • Key figures of the decade including Al Jolson, J Edgar Hoover, FDR, Joe Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the key developments in American social, economic and political history in the 1930s
  2. Relate some of the significant developments in the 1930s to contemporary American attitudes and events in 2020
  3. Discuss the impact of the Great Depression and the FDR policies which responded to it in the 1930s
  4. Gain a sound understanding of the cultural developments in the lives of Americans in the 1930s, including film, TV, literature, sports, wealth distribution, poverty, segregation, crime and racism.
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The Great Depression dominated the decade of the 1930s in the USA. Other significant events included, the rise of organised crime despite the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The lynching of black

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10 Feb
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The Great Depression dominated the decade of the 1930s in the USA. Other significant events included, the rise of organised crime despite the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The lynching of black

...
10 Feb

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