Flashcards in Great depression - Sheet1 Deck (173)
Elm Farm Ollie
The first cow to fly in an airplane in 1930.
The American who discovered Pluto in 1930.
Invented Bird's Eye Frozen Vegetables in 1930, father of the frozen food industry.
Motion Picture Production Code
AKA the Hays Code, it was created in 1930 to tame motion pictures now that they had gotten a bit too risqué. It's a continued point of controversy, regarding how it has stifled American filmmaking when compared to the films of other countries.
An Art Deco New York skyscraper. Tallest building in the world for less than a year in 1930, usurped by the Empire State Building.
A Soviet Russian film theorist and director, his abstract concepts proved too on-the-fringe for American audiences.
A "silent comedian," this movie star continued to lengthen the silent film style and offer an alternative to the sound film with his trademark tattered suit, derby hat, and cane, playing the "little tramp" who made audiences laugh with his silent jokes.
Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
1930- U.S. legislation that raised import duties by as much as 50%, adding considerable strain to the worldwide economic climate of the Great Depression. Hoover signed the act with the intention of protecting farmers. It contributed to the early loss of confidence on Wall Street and signaled U.S. isolationism. Other countries retaliated with similarly high protective tariffs, and overseas banks began to collapse. In 1934, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Trade Agreements Act, which reduced such tariffs.
A popular radio serial during the 1930s.
Joseph Force Crater
In 1930, this New York City judge disappeared never to be heard from again. This incident added to public disquiet about corruption in city government and was a factor in the downfall of the Tammany Hall political machine.
A highly sexualized cartoon character, whose creation inspired several lawsuits including some filed under the Hays Act.
This singer was the inspiration for Betty Boop, she sued the Boop animators but lost her case when it was revealed that Kane, in turn, had stolen her style from a black singer.
The It Girl, a leading sex symbol of the Roaring Twenties, she was a silent film actress who retired in 1931.
An African-American Cotton Club singer, her style was stolen by Helen Kane, and then stolen once more and used to create the character of Betty Boop.
An important American invention, introduced in 1930 by 3M.
A disease caused by abuse of an extract found it bootlegged liquor, an outbreak of it occurred in the year 1930.
A close associate of Crazy Horse, and leader of the Lakota during the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877.
An American scientist known for his work on the cyclotron and on the Manhattan Project.
Nine black boys falsely convicted of rape by an all-White jury in 1931.
A bloody 1931 power struggle over control of the Italian-American mafia which resulted in the creation of the Five Families.
Instigated the Castellammarese War and briefly ruled over the entire Italian-American mafia before being taken out by a younger faction in 1931, leading to the creation of the Five Families.
The Five Families
The five ruling Italian-American mob families since the Castellammarese war
Empire State Building
Built in 1931 it took the title of tallest building in the world from the Chrysler Building.
Hoover's ineffective 1931 public statement pleading for an indefinite holding on the paying back of war debts to stave off the impending financial collapse, went ignored.
John Haven Emerson
Greatly improved the Iron Lung in 1931 just in time for a huge polio outbreak.
Bible Student movement
A Millenialist Restorationist Christian movement during the 1930s from which Jehovah's Witnesses were born.
George Washington Bridge
Connects Manhattan to New Jersey and built during the architectural boom of the 30s.
Phi Iota Alpha
First Latino fraternity since 1931.
An American chemist who did pioneering work on isotopes in the 30s and discovered the deuterium.
An Arkansas Democrat, the first woman elected to serve a full term as a Senator in 1932.
The Reconstruction Finance Corporation was started by Hoover in 1932 and gave loans to banks, railroads and other businesses, and aid to struggling local and state governments.
Charles Lindbergh's son was kidnapped and murdered in 1932, the story was a sensation that lead to federal anti-kidnapping legislation.
A 1932 assemblage of some 43,000 marchers who wanted fair payment for their service in World War I were driven out by Hoover's administration with tanks and firehoses.
Revenue Act of 1932
Under Hoover, the Estate Tax was doubled and for the first time a tax was placed on gas.
Vic and Sade
An influential radio program that aired during the 1930s.
Flowers and Trees
A short 1932 Disney cartoon, the first film to be released in full Technicolor.
An experimental and controversial four-hour long New York City play performed in 1928 and written by Eugene O'Neill.
An American humorist whose absurdist and topical jokes made him among the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio
United States presidential election, 1932
Roosevelt crushed Hoover by avoiding all divisive cultural issues on the campaign and running with Southern conservative Dem. John N. Garner.
A New York City theater. In 1932 it stopped Vaudeville shows, which is seen as the death knell of that form of entertainment.
An increase in cultivation lead to soil erosion, in this natural disaster which crippled the midwest during the 1930s.
Golden Gate Bridge
A suspension bridge connecting San Francisco to Marin County, built during the 1930s architectural craze.
1933- Moved the beginning and ending of the terms of the President and Vice President from March 4 to January 20, and of members of Congress from March 4 to January 3. Passed so the new president can deal with grave issues more expeditiously, (like Roosevelt and the Great Depression).
A masked former Texas Ranger who fights evil in the Wild West with his Indian friend Tonto. An American cultural icon with a radio show.
Served as mayor of Chicago until he was assassinated by Giuseppe Zangara in 1933, whose intended target was FDR.
It's believed this assassin intended to kill FDR in 1933 when he accidentally shot, like, five other people that were standing next to him.
Repealed Prohibition laws in 1933, but not made official until the 21st Amendment.
An iconic 1933 American film.
A successful American actress most identified with her culturally iconic role in the film King Kong.
The first women in the cabinet. She was secretary of labor and treated very harshly by the press, but was successful in pulling the labor unions into the New Deal.
A public holiday in which the banks are closed, FDR declared one which lasted eight days shortly after his inauguration.
First inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.
A series of thirty evening radio addresses given by FDR during his presidency. His cheery voice and disposition allowed him to become one of the most popular presidents ever and hide the ravaging side effects of his polio.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
A sculpture carved into granite. It remains unfinished because of the Great Depression.
William A. Moffett
An American admiral who was a big supporter of the use of airships until he was killed in 1933 when the airship USS Akron exploded.
Executive Order 6102
FDR's 1933 executive order which criminalized the possession of gold. He claimed possessing gold was worsening the Depression. Shortly after, America moved off the Gold Standard.
A large effigy of a cod fish hanging in the Massachusetts State House. In 1933, editors of the Harvard Lampoon briefly "cod-napped" it.
Karl Guthe Jansky
First discovered radio waves emanating from the Milky Way in 1933. Father of radio astronomy.
1933- The Agricultural Adjustment Act was a New Deal law, it reduced agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies not to plant on part of their land and to kill off excess livestock. Its purpose was to reduce crop surplus and therefore effectively raise the value of crops. The money for these subsidies was generated through an exclusive tax on companies which processed farm products. The Act created a new agency, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, to oversee the distribution of the subsidies.
1933- The Tennessee Valley Authority was a New Deal program whose purpose was to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development in the Tennessee Valley.
Securities Act of 1933
This New Deal law was the first federal act to regulate the trade and seal of securities.
Kansas City massacre
The 1933 shootout and murder of four law enforcement officers and a criminal fugitive.
Charles F. Urschel
A Texas oilman kidnapped by Machine Gun Kelly in 1933.
A series of 1933 forest fires in Northern Oregon that destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of old growth timber.
1933 United Airlines Boeing 247 mid-air explosion
The bombing of this small plane is the first known act of air terrorism.
The Civil Works Administration, this New Deal program created many short lived construction jobs which helped many survive the tough winter of 1933-34.
The Federal Emergency Relief Administration. This program gave grants and loans to states to give jobs to citizens. Active from 1933-1935.
1933- The Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal work relief program which gave millions of young men the opportunity to work outside.
1933- Repealed the 18th Amendment, and in turn repealing Prohibition.
The Business Plot
A 1933 scheme in which wealthy business owners created a fascist league of war veterans for the purpose of overthrowing President FDR.
It Happened One Night
A 1934 romantic-comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, it swept at the Academy Awards and was an insanely popular film.
A director who produced numerous American classics and during World War II directed propaganda films.
A music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers.
An extremely violent Depression-era bank robber, a particular foe of J. Edgar Hoover.
Commonwealth of the Philippines
The status of Commonwealth was given to the Philippines from 1935-1946 to transition the territory to independence.
Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald's bleak popular 1934 novel told in flashbacks.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
Two storied Depression-era gangsters.
Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934
Teamsters violently striked against trucking companies, they were organized and lead by socialist and Trotskyist groups.
Regarded as an extremely important labor strike, this five-day 1934 battle in Toledo by the AFL against the Electric Auto-Lite company resulted in widespread unionization.
Blue sky laws
A state law in the United States that regulates the offering and sale of securities to protect the public from fraud, eventually umbrellaed by federal legislation under FDR.
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Picks up on where the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 left off, this act regulates the secondary trade and sale of securities (like through a broker). The Act also established the Securities and Exchange Commission
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Established by FDR in 1934 to enforce the federal securities laws and regulate the securities industry, the nation's stock and options exchanges.
Hardin County onion pickers strike
A 1934 strike in Ohio by agricultural workers which resulted in the Ohio Guard being called and a partial victory for the pickers.
SS Morro Castle
A luxury ocean liner on which a fire broke out mysteriously leading to over 130 deaths in 1934.
A Cole Porter musical which premiered on Broadway in 1934 starring Ethel Merman.
An African-American film and television actress who had a starring role in the groundbreaking 1934 film Imitation of Life.
The mother of several criminals during the "public enemy era," although she was shot by the FBI and painted as a brutal crime matriarch these claims are probably untrue.
A particularly severe 1935 Dust Bowl topsoil storm.
An American singer-songwriter whose songs exposed the horrors of the Dust Bowl to the whole nation.
Formed 1935- The Works Progress Administration was the largest New Deal agency, it employed millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects but also employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.
A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States
(1935) This Supreme Court decision declared the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional.
The National Industrial Recovery Act, a major component of the New Deal found unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States (1935), authorized the President to regulate industry in an attempt to raise prices after severe deflation and stimulate economic recovery.
An international mutual aid fellowship founded in 1935.
1935 Labor Day hurricane
The strongest hurricane to ever hit the United States it killed hundreds of World War I veterans that were housed in work camps.
National Labor Relations Act
(1935) Also known as the Wagner Act, it guarantees basic rights of private sector employees to organize into trade unions, engage in collective bargaining for better terms and conditions at work, and take collective action including strike if necessary.
An advertising executive and was among the most 'creative' men in the advertising business. He'd be a key player in the 1960's Creative Revolution.
FDR's 1935 social program gives checks to those in old age and is funded through payroll taxes.
An American cowboy and vaudeville performer, a well known 20 and 30's celebrity.
The assassin who murdered Sen. Huey Long, Weiss's funeral was attended by thousands.
Advocated Share Our Wealth programs, but eventually split from FDR after being influenced by Father Coughlin and finding him to be too friendly to bankers. He was planning a presidential run in 1936 before he was assassinated.
This controversial Roman Catholic priest used the radio to his advantage to garner support for his social justice programs involving increased union rights and nationalization. He was also extremely anti-banker, due to the association of banks with Jewish people.
Mary McLeod Bethune
A leader in the struggle for women's and black equality. She founded a school for black students and served as an advisor to President FDR.
National Council of Negro Women
Founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935
The first American prototypical superhero, wearing tights and a cape, from 1936.
An influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration.
The Super Chief
This 1936 train set a new standard for American rail travel.
1936 North American heat wave
The most severe heat wave in the modern history of North America at the time. It took place in the middle of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and caused catastrophic human suffering and an enormous economic toll.
This bridge connecting Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx was opened in 1936.
As an African-American, his victory in the Berlin 1936 Olympics was of high symbolic significance.
A black man hanged for rape in Kentucky in 1936. Mistakes in performing the hanging and the surrounding media circus contributed to the end of public executions in the United States.
Earl W. Bascom
An American painter and rodeo performer who depicted his own experiences in the West.
United States presidential election, 1936
Dem. FDR was resoundingly re-elected over moderate Republican Alf Landon, the public was pleased with unemployment benefits and social security. Not a competitive election.
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade
The collective term for all American soldiers who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War fighting against the Franco and Spanish Nationalists.
Flint Sit-Down Strike
1936-1937 A fringe group called the United Automobile Workers went against General Motors by refusing to work and, as a result, the U.S. auto industry became unionized.
A bi-weekly general interest magazine similar to Life.
Began in the 1880s as a general humor magazine, a takeover in the 1930s rebranded it with an increased focus on photojournalism.
Martin and Osa Johnson
American adventurers and documentary filmmakers, popular in the first half of the 20th century.
An American Renaissance man, he directed numerous films but is most remembered for setting numerous speed records.
Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937
FDR's court-packing plan, a huge scandal and one of the least popular decisions during his presidency, he tried increasing the size of the Supreme Court so he could get a majority on the court that are lenient to his views.
William H. Hastie
First black federal, and federal appellate judge. Appointed in 1937.
An American comic book superhero who appeared in 1937.
New London School explosion
A school explosion in Texas in 1937 left 295 dead.
National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation
(1937) Declared the Wagner End, signaled an end of the Lochner Era and an end to the Supreme Court knocking down New Deal legislation.
There were 35 fatalities when this stupid blimp thing caught on fire in 1937. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era.
Cheap, pre-cooked meat in a can. American cultural icon.
Marijuana Tax Act of 1937
This act placed a tax on the sale of cannabis.
To Have and Have Not
(1937) An Ernest Hemingway novel about a man forced into illegal smuggling due to the Great Depression.
USS Panay incident
(1937) A Japanese attack on a docked U.S. gunboat, which the Japanese claimed they didn't know was American. Japan apologized and paid restitutions, nonetheless, U.S. opinion against them fell.
An American sex symbol who was the first person ever banned from radio, because of her proclivity for double entendres.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937) The first full length animated film.
Became a household name in America after he lead a symphony on live radio.
Of Mice and Men
(1937) A Dust Bowl-set novella by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.
March of Dimes
A nonprofit organization began by FDR in 1938 to treat polio victims.
The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
Benny Goodman and his orchestra became the first jazz musicians to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall.
(1938) A three-act metaplay by Thornton Wilder about an American small town. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The play is performed without a set on a mostly bare stage.
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins
(1938) Decision by the Supreme Court in which the Court held that federal courts did not have the judicial power to create general federal common law when hearing state law claims under diversity jurisdiction.The Court overturned almost a century of federal civil procedure case law, and established the foundation of what remains the modern law of diversity jurisdiction as it applies to United States federal courts.
Billed as "the world's first oceanarium," since 1938.
A fictional character and an American cultural icon who emerged when superheroes were very popular during the 1930s.
The clothing company which introduced slacks in 1938.
1938 New England hurricane
A very powerful and costly storm which struck the Northeast.
(1938) Written by John Olsen and Harold Johnson, this romp was one of the most popular plays of the 1930s. It was absurdist, and constantly rewritten to remain topical, featuring skits that were abandoned halfway through, and newsreels of Mussolini in blackface.
From 1936-1939 this committee advocated a withdrawal of war material, and international influence, from the Spanish Civil War. England and the U.S. do so, but Germany and Italy do not.
Wrong Way Corrigan, "accidentally" flew from the U.S. to Ireland when he meant to fly West in 1938.
Thousand Islands Bridge
An international bridge system, construction of which began in 1938, connecting upstate New York to Canada.
(1938) A settlement permitting Germany annexing portions of Czechoslovakia. Winston Churchill declared the agreement to be a defeat and called upon America to prepare to battle Hitler.
The War of the Worlds
Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation of this H.G. Wells novel on Halloween lead to widespread panic.
A small horse which became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to Americans during the Great Depression.
An American thoroughbred horse which was defeated by the much smaller Seabiscuit in the Pimlico Special race in 1938.
The First Lady of Radio she had a radio career which spanned decades, she's most famous for her on-air performance of God Bless America.
A Chinese political leader FDR agreed to lend money to in 1938 angering the Japanese.
Recession of 1937-38
An economic downturn which occurred during the Great Depression, the cause is to-this-day uncertain, but FDR launched a rhetorical campaign against monopolies.
FDR looked to this man, who was in charge of FDR's administration's antitrust division, to bust up some trusts and solve the Recession of 1937-38. He was ineffective.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles
A publication produced in 1938 by the United States Department of Labor which matched job seekers to jobs.
National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation
(1939) The Court found that the NLRB has no right to force businesses to reinstate workers fired during a sit-down strike.
An attention seeker most known for swimming the Panama Canal, he disappeared and probably died in 1939 after attempting to sail a Chinese junk across the Pacific Ocean.
A wonderful African-American singer. Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution after they refused to let her perform at Constitution Hall in 1939. Anderson then gave a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for 75,000 people.
The Grapes of Wrath
(1939) A John Steinbeck realist novel set during the Great Depression about a family driven from their Oklahoma home to California by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures.
The Iron Horse, This Yankee was reknown for his hitting prowess and durability.
The Voyage of the Damned
The 1939 voyage on the MS St. Louis of over 900 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. They were refused entry in Cuba, and then in Florida. They were forced to return and it is estimated that roughly one quarter of these passengers died in the Holocaust.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
A Cooperstown, New York baseball museum opened in 1939.
1st World Science Fiction Convention
A 1939 groundbreaking New York convention which included the first-ever known example of cosplay.
Code name for the U.S. effort during World War II to produce the atomic bomb. Much of the early research was done in New York City by refugee physicists in the United States. The program was began by Albert Einstein in 1939 after he wrote a letter to FDR saying he thinks he could create an atomic bomb using uranium.
The Wizard of Oz
A groundbreaking culturally iconic 1939 film based on L. Frank Baum's famous novel and starring Judy Garland.
Dr. Gerald J. Cox
The first person to publicly propose fluoridating the public water supply in 1939.
An American chemist at DuPont credited with the invention of nylon in 1939.
A stretchy material which was invented by the company DuPont. In it's early years it was used only for stockings. But it rose in popularity as an alternative to cotton during World War II, and was used in parachutes, tents, and even guns and sausage casings.
The Time of Your Life
(1939) A Pulitzer Prize winning five-act play by William Saroyan. The play is set in a run-down dive bar during the Depression.
Neutrality Act of 1939
FDR championed this law, which allowed for arms trade between America and Britain and France, and forbid the travel of Americans to locations FDR designated as war zones.
A member of the Hollywood elite, her radio gossip show pioneered the entire gossip news genre. During the McCarthy Era, she named many suspected Communists.
Gone with the Wind (movie)
An epic 1939 film starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard. It held a very romantic view of the Confederate South in the Civil War and at four hours it was the longest film in American history at the time and immensely popular.
Gone with the Wind (novel)
An immensely popular 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell depicting the experiences of spoiled daddy's girl Scarlett O'Hara who finds herself in poverty after Sherman's "March to the Sea."
This house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, is a beautiful example of modern American architecture.