America in the 30's

by: Bella Uceda

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Music in the 1930's

   During this time in America was the Great Depression. Because of this, people needed a distraction from the worries, like music. What better distraction is there? I mean the definition of music is "a vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such way as  to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion".  Money was scarce but everybody had radios and that was free to listen to. The music during this time period was upbeat and happy, it made you want to get up, put away the troubles, and dance. Jazz, Blues, Popular artists backed up by orchestras, and more. Music offered these people an escape from reality.

The Golden Gate Bridge

      The Golden Gate Bridge was one of the biggest construction projects in the thirties. This bridge required hundreds of men to do the filthy, back-breaking, dangerous labor.  But many men were happy to have this job. When construction started the wage ranged from four dollars to eleven dollars per day. This was a lucrative pay.

      Despite the fact that the bridge is a distinctive orange, it was named after the Golden Gate Strait. The Golden Gate Strait is where the San Francisco Bay opens to the Pacific Ocean. The bridge connects northern part of San Francisco to Marin County, California. Before this bridge, the only way to cross was by boat. Now, most everyone crosses by the bridge.

      This bridge was a big deal at this time. The cost to build the bridge was thirty-five million dollars and to top it off, it was during the Great Depression. While building this bridge, workers had to deal with the strong ocean currents, heavy winds, and fog. There were approximately eleven deaths during the process.

      The Golden Gate Bridge was completed in four years and on May 27, 1937 about two hundred thousand people came to celebrate. The next day Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph saying that the bridge was open. The toll fee was fifty cents each way.

The Construction of The Golden Gate Bridge

Composer- Rudy Vallee

    Born as Hubert Vallee in 1901, he changed his name to Rudy after a famous saxophonist. Rudy Vallee, best known as the host on The Rudy Vallee Show, was one of the most famous entertainers of his time. After he graduated from Yale, he became a famous musician.

    Rudy Vallee performed his song Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" during the 30's and so along many others.  This song basically tells everything about the Great Depression. This song was written for the people. It put words and music to what many Americans were feeling. For many American "Brother , Can You Spare A Dime" became the anthem for the hardship.

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