The 1930's

Mary Kate Klir

Many of the most influential people or things during the 1930's are pictured above.

Historical Event from the 1930s

Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl occurred during the 1930s in the Great Plains region of the United States. This region has little rainfall, light soil, and high winds. Ranchers mostly used the land for livestock grazing until WWI when high grain prices and agricultural advances lured farmers to plow up millions of acres of natural grass to plant wheat. When drought struck, the soil which lacked the grass to keep it in place, was picked up and blown into dense dust clouds, also known as “black blizzards”. These dust storms kept occurring, choking cattle and pasture lands and driving about 60 percent of the Great Plains population out. By 1940 more than 2.5 million people had fled from the dust bowl.

Art from the 1930s

American Gothic

American Gothic was painted in 1930 by artist Grant Wood. It was exhibited for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it resides now. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (pictured below) was painted in 1931, it now resides at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Typical street during the Great Depression

Young man looking for work during the Great Depression

Music from the 1930's

Back in the saddle again was co-written by Gene Autry and Ray Whitley and first released in 1939. It was sung by Gene Autry and associated with him throughout his career.

Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander, extended and elaborated the rhyme A Tisket A Tasket into a jazz piece in 1938. It has since become a jazz standard along with a popular nursery rhyme.

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