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American Pop Culture 19283-1933

American Pop Culture 1933-1938

Germann Pop Culture 1928-1933

The invention of the popular board game Monopoly, provided a new, cheap form of entertainment for the average american family (The Monopoly Board Game).

"the movies offered a chance to escape the cold, the heat, and loneliness; they brought strangers together, rubbing elbows in the dark of movie palaces and fleapits, sharing in the one social event available to everyone." --Carlos StevensFrom the Crash to the FairThe Public Theatre, 1979


The radio broat cast during FDR's presidency known as the "Fireside Chats' gave americans a new sense of comfort and confidence in the government (FDR's Fireside Chats).

Propoganda was played before movies to entice veiwers to support FDR's New Deal.

Seabiscut, a thuroughbred race horse, dazles American audiences. Similarly, horse racing gave an outlet for enterainment (Seabiscut in 1938)

Baseball was a popular form of entertainment to those who could afford it. Those who could not played at home.


Movies provided a cheap escape from reality during the worst times of the great depression.


"In the 1930s, the American Dream had become a nightmare, and I think comic books and superheroes in particular provided an escapist form of entertainment that allowed the American public to go into a fantasy world where all the ills of the world were righted by these larger-than-life heroes" (Erin Clancy)


The 1936 Olympics, hosted in Germnay, were broadcasted on television everywhere. Germany covered its posters and other propaganda against the Jews.


Germann Pop Culture 1933-1938

Joseph Pilates created his own workout that was named after him. Pilates, the workout, became very popular with dancers due to the new European Modern Dance community.


(The Blue Angel Trailer)

Films were apart of the German artistic and science movement called the Weimar Culture. Films were involved in helping people feel good and broadcasting new thoughts, similar to the new abundance of films in America during this time. The Blue Angel (1930) was one of the firstsound German/English films that made people think about interclass relationships.


While Americans fell in love with FDR and his plan to pull America out of the Great Depression, Germany's new leader, Adolf Hitler, was as charismatic as he was evil.

While Jazz and the foxtrot became more popular in America,the European Dance Community was founded by Rudolf Von Laban and Mary Wigman as well as many others. Laban also helped to communize dance to make it available to everyone and bring pilates to the dance scene.


Propganda, such as films like Tiumph of the Will (1935), and posters , were plastered to make Jews feel unwanted and hated, and teach Germans to blame Jews for Germany's economic failure.


Everything that went into movies, music, and the newspaper had to be Nazi approved. Music that was approved by the Nazis were by Beethoven, Wagner, Hotter and Strauss as well as many others (fcit.coedu.usf.edu). Most art was destroyed by the Germans. Anything that was Jewish or had Jewish relations was destroyed. Jews were not allowed to share schools, pools, and other places with non-Jews.



Orson Well's "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast shocked audiences around the nation making them believe that the world was coming to an end ("The Making of Modern America")

Mothers would use the same fabric for all the children in the house. Those who could not afford fabric would sometimes use potato sacks (Flour Sacks were used as Material for Clothing).





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