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WELCOME TO THE 1930s


The 1930s decade was not a happy one in the United States and around the world. Dawning on the heels of the stock market crash in October 1929, the economic dropped quickly into the Great Depression that would plague our lives for the next ten years. Although Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932 with a promise to make things better, his sweeping progressive reforms did little to improve the situation. To make matters worse, political unrest in Germany brought Hitler to power. He spent much of the decade swallowing up his neighbors in preparation for world conquest.

AS IT HAPPENED

These news reports, broadcasts and speeches bring history alive through first hand descriptions of the events that shaped the world.



MUSIC

The tone and flavor of an era is expressed in many ways by the popular music of the time. Press the Music button above to sample the sounds of the 1930s.



OLD TIME RADIO

Before television, radio was the most popular form of entertainment in America. Sit back and explore this selection of great golden age radio programs from the 1930s



BYGONE VIDEO

Experience the past through documentaries, news reports, informational films and short features. These videos capture a glimpse of the history and culture of the times.



CLASSIC MOVIES

Sit back and enjoy classic motion pictures from the golden age of cinema. Offerings include comedy, drama and more.