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1 JOE WANG, CIERRA SCOTT, MADELINE VALDES, MELISSA POTTER How did the Great Depression & the New Deal influence art & literature? Did literature during the 1930s present a positive or negative view of American Society?

2 Edward Hopper Federal Theatre Project (FTP) 1935 NY artist Genre: Realism (1942) Nighthawks WPA sponsered Theatre production jobs Goal: To employ unemplyed artists, writers, directors

3 Grant Wood Thomas Hart Benton American Gothic (1930) Facial Expression Stress Muralist Realism Midwest content/roots Countrys New Duet Group

4 1930s Literature: Steinbeck and Wright Federal Works Project (FWP) Employed writers to create guides and write about immigrants, ethnic groups, South slavery Helped Richard Wright achieve in writing Native Son (1940) About challenges of a man in world of racism FWP helped John Steinbeck Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath (1939) Focuses on Okies fleeing Dust Bowl Okies go to California and face hardships

5 1930s Literature: Positive View Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941) –James Agee, Walker Evans Farmers dignity Our Town (1938) –Thornton Wilder Beauty of New England Gone with the Wind (1936) –Margaret Mitchell Virtues of American culture

6 1930s Literature: Negative View Studs Lonigan Trilogy ( ) –James T. Farnell Irish immigrant workers lives U.S.A. ( ) –John dos Passos Selfish rich class vs. nations promise The Disinherited (1933) –John Conroy Missouri coalfields violence Self-experience

7 KEY TERMS WPA: Works Program Admin.- employed artists to do literacy projects to educate America Federal Writers Project: funded writers (part of the New Deal.) Federal Theater Project: funded artists

8 TIMELINE Nighthawks WPA Native Sun Grapes of Wrath Gone with the Wind (book) American Gothic

9 Photography

10 Question 1 What is the basis of Richard Wrights book Native Son? A. An African Americans life in a racist world B. Lives of Okies (people who fled from the Dust Bowl) in California C. The hardships of farmers D.A young boys adventures with a Native American E. Wrights tragic romantic past

11 Answer 1 A. An African Americans life in a racist world

12 Question 2 What genre of art surfaced in the 1930s? A. Realism B. Modernism C. Impressionism D. Romanticism E. Rococo

13 Answer 2 B. Modernism


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