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America During the Great Depression: Let’s Go America | Educational Film | 1936

Published on 24 Apr 2021 / In Other

This 1936 short video – originally titled as "Let’s Go America! America Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" – is a dramatized educational film produced by the Audio Productions, Inc. in collaboration with the American National Industrial Council.It is one of many films sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers during the Great Depression to foster faith in the economic leadership of its corporate members. Let’s Go America! suggests that the creative spirit that led to America’s development will continue to shape its economy. The narrator states that "new methods of modern industry have provided jobs, human comfort and greater opportunities for more people than our forefathers ever dreamed of by producing more of the things that people want." The film ends with two young men and a woman driving a swank roadster toward the glowing future, which promises television, air conditioning, innovative home design, streamline train, and air / space travel using "rocket ships".HISTORICAL BACKGROUND / CONTEXTThe Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, originating in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until 1941. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century.The depression started in the United States after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. (By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession.) Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War 2.The Great Depression had devastating effects in countries both rich and poor. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, while international trade plunged by more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25% and in some countries rose as high as 33%.Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was virtually halted in many countries. Farming communities and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by about 60%. Facing plummeting demand with few alternative sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as mining and logging suffered the most.New Deal :The New Deal was a series of federal programs, public work projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted in the United States during the 1930s in response to the Great Depression. These programs included support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly as well as new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and changes to the monetary system. Most programs were enacted between 1933–1938, though some were later. They included both laws passed by Congress as well as presidential executive orders, most during the first term of the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The programs focused on what historians refer to as the "3 Rs": relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy back to normal levels and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression. The New Deal produced a political realignment, making the Democratic Party the majority (as well as the party that held the White House for seven out of the nine presidential terms from 1933–1969) with its base in liberal ideas, the South, traditional Democrats, big city machines and the newly empowered labor unions and ethnic minorities. The Republicans were split, with conservatives opposing the entire New Deal as an alleged enemy of business and growth and liberals accepting some of it and promising to make it more efficient. The realignment crystallized into the New Deal coalition that dominated most presidential elections into the 1960s while the opposing conservative coalition largely controlled Congress from 1939–1964.For more information on this historical topic, see:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/....Great_Depression_in_ During the Great Depression: Let’s Go America | Educational Film | 1936TBFA_0183NOTE: THE VIDEO REPRESENTS HISTORY. SINCE IT WAS PRODUCED DECADES AGO, IT HAS HISTORICAL VALUES AND CAN BE CONSIDERED AS A VALUABLE HISTORICAL DOCUMENT. THE VIDEO HAS BEEN UPLOADED WITH EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. ITS TOPIC IS REPRESENTED WITHIN HISTORICAL CONTEXT.

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