Life in the 1930s

Research Project

Fashion

It is no secret that the fashion of the 1930's was very iconic and still influences the major designers of today. The fashion of the Great Depression was greatly influenced by the movie stars of the time like: Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Joan Crawford. Fashion for women was very soft and feminine with a broad shoulder. For guys of the era it was very structured and masculine, generally a suit. A vision of the "working man".

Music

Robert Johnson (1911-1938)

Robert Johnson was a songwriter and singer that died at the age of 27, supposed to be a poisoning. Johnson's fame came after his death and is now considered as one of the greatest blues players of all time. Much of his past is a mystery. His famous song, "Crossroad Blues", highlights many feelings of the 1930's, such as despair, loneliness, and being at a point in one's life that there is absolutely nothing to be done. Johnson refers to the darkness not being far away a lot in this piece and there being no one to save him from the inevitable. "Crossroads" is a very powerful piece and has been covered by numerous big artists such as: Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, and Muddy Waters.

Literature of the 1930s

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

John Steinbeck has written many books in his lifetime but a very well-known book of his is Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. This story depicts the loneliness and isolation that is to come with the  quest of the "American Dream". Steinbeck had many other books and found his inspiration from the world around him. Many of his themes relate to the emotional appeal of being able to follow dreams, but a harsh reality sinks in.

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           http://xroads.virginia.edu/~music/blues/crb.html.

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"Of Mice and Men." sparknotes.com. N.p.. Web. 14 Apr 2014.

          http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/micemen/themes.html.

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         http://www.biography.com/people/robert-johnson-9356324.

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