April 11, 2017. “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues” and the Great Depression
April 13, 2017. Atomic Cold War
- *Class Set List (below)
- *House Un-American Activities Committee Clips (below)
- *Bruce, Lenny, Blah Blah Blah and obscenity conviction clips (1961) (below)
Class reminder: We do not have a weekly assignment this week, other than you should be prepared to discuss either Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or The Great Dictator in class on Thursday. Final class research projects are due on Friday, April 14, 2017. You are also responsible for giving final feedback to your peer review partner by Monday. If you would like to meet with me in office hours on Wednesday between 10 AM-12 Noon, please e-mail me.
Blues Set List
Skip James, “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues.” Read the lyrics and think about how this song is representing the Great Depression.
Robert Johnson, “Crossroad Blues”
Howlin’ Wolf “How Many More Years”
Leadbelly, “Goodnight Irene”
Works Progress Administration Multimedia
http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/soul-of-a-people-writing-americas-story/0/135396 [These film clips are not embeddable, but they are worth checking out].
Directed by Orson Welles (War of the Worlds) the Federal Theatre Project under the WPA staged Shakespeare adaptations with all-black casts.
Archival footage of the Federal Theatre Project in Los Angeles shot by the Federal Government for newsreels
Jesse Owens at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany
Above is live footage of the race and below are two documentary excerpts about its historical significance.
Lenny Bruce “Blah Blah Blah” routine (NSW warning: language / sexual content)
House Un-American Activities Committee Multimedia during the Great Depression & Cold War
Above is a quick overview of the House Un-American Activities Committee History
Above is a talk show interview with John Wayne in the 1970s reflecting back on the Anti-Communist Hollywood Blacklists and his role in American Westerns during the Cold War
Above: Oral history clips taken from actors and screenwriters impacted by the Hollywood blacklist
Above, James Earl Jones performs an excerpt of Civil Rights leader and musical theater/ cinema star Paul Robeson’s House Un-American Activities Committee Interrogation
Baseball in the Great Depression & WWII