Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Entertainment During the Great Depression

Although the worst economic downturn in recent history, the Great Depression had other effects besides unemployment. It gave rise to a massive entertainment industry, designed to take people’s minds off hardship and make them laugh. Alcohol was legal again; movie stars captured the American imagination; sports became sensational – all these things which we take for granted, had their start in the Great Depression. This talk will center on trends and personalities that made the Great Depression so entertaining, even while so much of the country was suffering. This lecture will be given by Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History at Capitol Community College.

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