Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how, amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective ...
Author: John F. Kasson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“[An] elucidating cultural history of Hollywood’s most popular child star . . . a must-read.”—Bill Desowitz, USA Today Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer’s cabin in South Carolina and young Andy Warhol’s house in Pittsburgh to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s recreation room in Washington, DC, and gangster “Bumpy” Johnson’s Harlem apartment. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam as young Anne hid from the Nazis. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world’s box-office champion, a record never equaled. By early 1935 her mail was reported as four thousand letters a week, and hers was the second-most popular girl’s name in the country. What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period—and everyone since—was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. Tap-dancing across racial boundaries with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, foiling villains, and mending the hearts and troubles of the deserving, Shirley Temple personified the hopes and dreams of Americans. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.
... CA: University of California Press, 2013); Kristen Hatch, Shirley Temple and
the Performance of Girlhood (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015
); John Kasson, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple
Author: Iwan Morgan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Examines how Hollywood responded to and reflected the political and social changes that America experienced during the 1930sIn the popular imagination, 1930s Hollywood was a dream factory producing escapist movies to distract the American people from the greatest economic crisis in their nations history. But while many films of the period conform to this stereotype, there were a significant number that promoted a message, either explicitly or implicitly, in support of the political, social and economic change broadly associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal programme. At the same time, Hollywood was in the forefront of challenging traditional gender roles, both in terms of movie representations of women and the role of women within the studio system. With case studies of actors like Shirley Temple, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire, as well as a selection of films that reflect politics and society in the Depression decade, this fascinating book examines how the challenges of the Great Depression impacted on Hollywood and how it responded to them.Topics covered include:How Hollywood offered positive representations of working womenCongressional investigations of big-studio monopolization over movie distributionHow three different types of musical genres related in different ways to the Great Depression the Warner Bros Great Depression Musicals of 1933, the Astaire/Rogers movies, and the MGM akids musicals of the late 1930sThe problems of independent production exemplified in King Vidors Our Daily BreadCary Grants success in developing a debonair screen persona amid Depression conditionsContributors Harvey G. Cohen, King's College LondonPhilip John Davies, British LibraryDavid Eldridge, University of HullPeter William Evans, Queen Mary, University of LondonMark Glancy, Queen Mary University of LondonIna Rae Hark, University of South CarolinaIwan Morgan, University College LondonBrian Neve, University of BathIan Scott, University of ManchesterAnna Siomopoulos, Bentley UniversityJ. E. Smyth, University of WarwickMelvyn Stokes, University College LondonMark Wheeler, London Metropolitan University
Author: Assistant Professor of History and American Culture James W CookPublish On: 2008
Most fundamentally , it asked , what kind of little girl was this , and what lay
behind her smile ? ... Examining the terms of that career and the ways little
Shirley fought the Great Depression on a number of fronts can tell us much about
Author: Assistant Professor of History and American Culture James W Cook
An account of one of the most dominant trends in recent historical writing, this book takes stock of the field even as it showcases exemplars of its practice. Taken together, the essays present a broad picture of the state of American cultural-historical scholarship.
A Little Rich Girl Grows Up Poor in the Great Depression Mary Anne Butler ... She
demanded furiously and I fought just as relentlessly until I finally gave in and
tossed it on the bed, where like a greedy witch, she scooped up that shiny silver ...
Author: Mary Anne Butler
Publisher: Fireship Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
It was the worst of times and for one family it spelled disaster. Within a few years they had gone from a beautiful home in Westchester County to a dilapidated farm in Appalachia. The father, once vice-president of a prosperous New York brokerage firm in the Chrysler Building, became dependent on handouts from relatives. The mother went from buying expensive clothes at Lord & Taylor to wearing cast-offs sent to her by an older sister. The little girl witness it all, experienced it all and overcame it all.
Author: Elizabeth O'Mara AndersonPublish On: 2012-07-17
However, the mother and father died during a Yellow Fever Epidemic, and left
their little boy an orphan. ... During the Great Depression in the 1930's, he and his
quiet Quaker friends started many humanitarian goals. One of them was the
anonymous founding of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. ... Silence
Dogwood *A pen name based on Benjamin Franklin's pen name in Boston
before he became a homeless teenage runaway. m r—w—s The Cuban Who Fought For the Men at.
Author: Elizabeth O'Mara Anderson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: True Crime
My great aunt Elois usually didn't wear her glasses, and she was not wearing them that day in Dealey Plaza. For reading her Bible, she always used a magnifying glass, and she called it her "spy glass." She searched every day in her Bible for new scriptures to put into practice. Aunt Elois had her own car to drive, even in the 1950's. Maxine worked as a volunteer at a local hospital gift shop. She always remembered her many relatives with beautiful cards and thoughtful gifts. Maxine's father, Judge William Carey Graves, was a former Texas State Senator. He was a wonderful story teller and loved to smoke his special pipe. His huge collection of "National Geographic" magazines was started in the year 1911.
THE MERCHANDISING OF LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE One of the most popular
multimedia stars of the 1930s was Little Orphan Annie . ... The studio first cast her
in bad - girl roles in films such as Hell's Angels , and then refined her image in
such films as Saratoga ( 1937 ) . ... he fought the powerful interests , offering hope
in a time of powerlessness . around comedy , music , and some forceful drama .
Author: Matthew T. Downey
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Discusses in a news magazine-like format the important events, people, and trends of the twentieth century; divided into six different units, including the nation, the world, business and economy, science and technology, arts and entertainment, and sports and leisure.
During the war, all the girls in Elvis's audiences had lived in a world of manmade
death and destruction. ... children during the heady prosperity of the 1920s,
survived the Great Depression of the 1930s, and fought a desperate, obviously
necessary and ... After World War II, as very young girls, the females in Elvis's
audiences had seen their mothers' bellies swell huge with pregnancy as often as
Author: Joel Williamson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, one of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time. The result is a masterpiece: a vivid, gripping biography, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society--indeed, American society--in the second half of the twentieth century. Author of The Crucible of Race and William Faulkner and Southern History, Joel Williamson is a renowned historian known for his inimitable and compelling narrative style. In this tour de force biography, he captures the drama of Presley's career set against the popular culture of the post-World War II South. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley was a contradiction, flamboyant in pegged black pants with pink stripes, yet soft-spoken, respectfully courting a decent girl from church. Then he wandered into Sun Records, and everything changed. "I was scared stiff," Elvis recalled about his first time performing on stage. "Everyone was hollering and I didn't know what they were hollering at." Girls did the hollering--at his snarl and swagger. Williamson calls it "the revolution of the Elvis girls." His fans lived in an intense moment, this generation raised by their mothers while their fathers were away at war, whose lives were transformed by an exodus from the countryside to Southern cities, a postwar culture of consumption, and a striving for upward mobility. They came of age in the era of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which turned high schools into battlegrounds of race. Explosively, white girls went wild for a white man inspired by and singing black music while "wiggling" erotically. Elvis, Williamson argues, gave his female fans an opportunity to break free from straitlaced Southern society and express themselves sexually, if only for a few hours at a time. Rather than focusing on Elvis's music and the music industry, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life illuminates the zenith of his career, his period of deepest creativity, which captured a legion of fans and kept them fervently loyal for decades. Williamson shows how Elvis himself changed--and didn't. In the latter part of his career, when he performed regular gigs in Las Vegas and toured second-tier cities, he moved beyond the South to a national audience who had bought his albums and watched his movies. Yet the makeup of his fan base did not substantially change, nor did Elvis himself ever move up the Southern class ladder despite his wealth. Even as he aged and his life was cut short, he maintained his iconic status, becoming arguably larger in death than in life as droves of fans continue to pay homage to him at Graceland. Appreciative and unsparing, culturally attuned and socially revealing, Williamson's Elvis Presley will deepen our understanding of the man and his times.
A Lousy Start shares one family's vivid impressions of living in Holland during the Great Depression and the lasting impact those experiences had on their lives.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Prior to the stock market crash in 1929, Holland was a prosperous country where its people enjoyed secure futures or so they thought. After the world's economic collapse, millions were forced into a poverty-stricken existence where every day was a struggle to survive. A Lousy Start shares one family's vivid impressions of living in Holland during the Great Depression and the lasting impact those experiences had on their lives. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Arie Demerwe worked hard and was paid very little, but still managed to put food on his table. Sent to fight in the war of 1918, Arie finally returned to his hometown where he began working again only to see everything change again after the end of World War I. As the people of Holland enjoyed wealth they assumed would last forever, dark changes loomed ahead. When the sun rose on October 23, 1929, no one had a clue that tragedy would strike by day's end. For the next ten years, a hostile world would transform even the most religious people into thieves and liars. As one family fought to stay alive in a bleak existence, each of them learned valuable life lessons they would carry with them forever.
The Great Depression in California Kevin Starr ... Italian's ploy earlier that
morning, placing himself between the deputy with his drawn revolver and the little girl, Ford's gesture electrified his audience. ... Scuffling ensued, which led to fistfights.
Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
California, Wallace Stegner observed, is like the rest of the United States, only more so. Indeed, the Golden State has always seemed to be a place where the hopes and fears of the American dream have been played out in a bigger and bolder way. And no one has done more to capture this epic story than Kevin Starr, in his acclaimed series of gripping social and cultural histories. Now Starr carries his account into the 1930s, when the political extremes that threatened so much of the Depression-ravaged world--fascism and communism--loomed large across the California landscape. In Endangered Dreams, Starr paints a portrait that is both detailed and panoramic, offering a vivid look at the personalities and events that shaped a decade of explosive tension. He begins with the rise of radicalism on the Pacific Coast, which erupted when the Great Depression swept over California in the 1930s. Starr captures the triumphs and tumult of the great agricultural strikes in the Imperial Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, and Salinas, identifying the crucial role played by Communist organizers; he also shows how, after some successes, the Communists disbanded their unions on direct orders of the Comintern in 1935. The highpoint of social conflict, however, was 1934, the year of the coastwide maritime strike, and here Starr's narrative talents are at their best, as he brings to life the astonishing general strike that took control of San Francisco, where workers led by charismatic longshoreman Harry Bridges mounted the barricades to stand off National Guardsmen. That same year socialist Upton Sinclair won the Democratic nomination for governor, and he launched his dramatic End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign. In the end, however, these challenges galvanized the Right in a corporate, legal, and vigilante counterattack that crushed both organized labor and Sinclair. And yet, the Depression also brought out the finest in Californians: state Democrats fought for a local New Deal; California natives helped care for more than a million impoverished migrants through public and private programs; artists movingly documented the impact of the Depression; and an unprecedented program of public works (capped by the Golden Gate Bridge) made the California we know today possible. In capturing the powerful forces that swept the state during the 1930s--radicalism, repression, construction, and artistic expression--Starr weaves an insightful analysis into his narrative fabric. Out of a shattered decade of economic and social dislocation, he constructs a coherent whole and a mirror for understanding our own time.
Things became worse after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to the Great Depression. ... Some of these new travellers would get drunk and start fights in
pubs, so landlords became wary of allowing travellers to pull in ... Although Alice
still owned the bakery site at Whaplode, she allowed other travellers to pull onto it
, as it was a little bit out in the sticks and Spalding was rather like their home town
Author: Eva Petulengro
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Born into a Romany gypsy family in 1939, Eva Petulengro’s childhood seemed to her to be idyllic in every way. She would travel the country with her family in their painted caravan and spend evenings by the fire as they sang and told stories of their past. She didn’t go to school or visit a doctor when she was unwell. Instead her family would gather wild herbs to make traditional remedies, hunt game and rabbits, and while the men tended horses to make a living, the young girls would join the women in reading palms. But Eva’s perfect world would be turned upside down as the countryside became increasingly hostile to all travellers. Eva describes the wonderful characters in her family, from her grandfather ‘Naughty’ Petulengro to her four beautiful aunts who entranced everyone they met, as well as the fascinating people they came across on the road. Moving, evocative, romantic and funny, The Girl in the Painted Caravan vividly captures a way of life that has now, sadly, all but disappeared.
And in those days of the Great Depression I wasn't altogether unique . Often
families of those days were limited to two children , and usually they fought all the
time , especially if one was a boy and one was a girl . I was too young then to
To soften the blow, I began the conversation with a little light humor. “I always
knew there was a good reason why I wouldn't let the girls have a pet gerbil. They
have ... Throughout his youth, Dad's parents fought to overcome the brutal
poverty of the Great Depression by selling grain for rock-bottom prices. There
was no ...
Author: Steven D. Wolf
Publisher: Algonquin Books
“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations of the way life surprises us” (Anne Hillerman, New York Times–bestselling author of The Tale Teller). Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven D. Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf? In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success. “Absolutely delightful! A very good book about a human whose life is transformed by a greyhound. Makes me want to adopt a greyhound right away!” —Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, New York Times–bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love “A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!” —Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA “Everything you want a memoir to be: wise, moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.” —Louis Bayard, bestselling author of Courting Mr. Lincoln “Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.” —Booklist
See , little girls had it . None of the little boys had it . We had to go through all
kinds of things — fights , gifts , lies , whatever — if we wanted it . And little girls
could give us some of it if they wanted to . As well as being unpleasant , the
Author: Erik Bledsoe
Category: Literary Criticism
A look into the poor-white world of one of the South's spellbinding storytellers
Author: Robert George Leeson WaitePublish On: 1977-06-29
were these young people so peculiarly attracted to Hitler and his primitive
program of calculated hatred and aggression ? ... The Great Depression served ,
in Freud ' s term , as an “ external disturbance ” which triggered reversion to a
childhood trauma . ... fought in the war , they were not too young to have been
scarred by it . ... To take only one illustration , a German friend told Pearl Buck
how vividly she remembered as a little girl that during 1916 – 1917 her family
collected nettles to ...
Author: Robert George Leeson Waite
Publisher: New York : Basic Books
"The Psychopathic God is the definitive psychological portrait of Adolph Hitler. By documenting accounts of his behavior, beliefs, tastes, fears, and compulsions, Robert Waite sheds new light on this"
Author: J. Weston Walch (Firm)Publish On: 2002-08-30
Together , these eight try to outlast the war being fought throughout Europe . ...
About the Author Although Anne Frank : The Diary of a Young Girl is
autobiographical , there are some things about Anne ... I as well as the Great Depression that began in 1929 , and many German citizens began to believe
Hitler ' s message .
and hatreds experienced during the Great Depression and infantile experiences
associated with the Great War and its aftermath. ... Much too young to have fought
in the war, they were not too young to have been scarred by it. ... To take only one
illustration, a German friend told American novelist Pearl Buck how vividly she
remembered as a little girl that during 1916-1917 her family collected nettles to ...
Author: Brenda Stalcup
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Profiles Hitler's early life, his effect on the German people, his role in World War II and the holocaust, and his impact on history
A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression Nancy J. Martin-
Perdue, Charles L. Perdue ... little girl , and the third little boy died with diphtheria
the year Sue was born . That one ... My granddad Howe fought in the War four
Author: Nancy J. Martin-Perdue
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Talk about Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression
The New Deal, the Worker, and the Great Depression : a History of the American
Worker, 1933-1941 Irving Bernstein, ... went : A miner was leaving his home for
his work , He heard his little child scream , He went to the side of the little girl's
bed — “ Oh ! Daddy , I've had such a dream . ... This grand old champion of labor
Was known in every land ; She fought for right and justice , She took a noble
Author: Irving Bernstein
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Political Science
Describes the major impact of the Great Depression, traces the origins of the welfare, social security, and unemployment insurance programs, and explains how the Depression affected the labor movement