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The 1930s in America

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: The Thirties in America

Academy Awards

Adams, Ansel

Addams, Jane

Adler Planetarium

Adventures of Robin Hood, The

Advertising in Canada

Advertising in the United States

African Americans

Agricultural Adjustment Acts

Agriculture in Canada

Agriculture in the United States

Aid to Dependent Children

Air mail route scandal

Air pollution


Akron disaster

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

Alcoholics Anonymous

All Quiet on the Western Front

American Federation of Labor

American Gothic

American Liberty League

Amos ’n’ Andy

Anderson, Marian

Anti-Racketeering Act of 1934


Apple Mary


Archambault Report


Armstrong, Edwin H.

Armstrong, Louis

Art movements


Asian Americans

Astaire, Fred

Astor, Mary


Atherton Report

Auto racing

Automobiles and auto manufacturing

Aviation and aeronautics

Awake and Sing!

Bank holiday

Bank of United States failure


Banking Act of 1935

Barker Gang

Barrow, Clyde, and Bonnie Parker


Basie, Count



Beard, Charles A.

Beatty, Clyde

Bennett, Richard Bedford

Benny, Jack

Benton, Thomas Hart

Berkeley, Busby

Bethune, Mary McLeod


Birth control

Black, Hugo L.

Black Empire

Black hole theory

Black Monday

Black No More

Blondie comic strip

Blondie films

Blood banks

Bonus Army March

Book publishing

Boulder Dam


Braddock, James J.

Brains Trust

Brandeis, Louis D.

Breadlines and soup kitchens

Breedlove v. Suttles

Bringing Up Baby

Broadway musicals

Brown v. Mississippi

Brownlee, John Edward

Buck, Pearl S.

Budge, Don

Business and the economy in Canada

Business and the economy in the United States

Butler, Smedley

Byrd, Richard

Cagney, James

Calder, Alexander

Caldwell, Erskine

Canada, U.S. investments in

Canada and Great Britain

Canadian minority communities

Canadian regionalism


Capone, Al

Capra, Frank

Car radios

Carter family

Carter v. Carter Coal Co.

Chaplin, Charles

Charlie Chan films


Chicago World’s Fair

Children’s Hour, The

Christie Pits riot

Chrysler Building

City Lights

Civil rights and liberties in Canada

Civil rights and liberties in the United States

Civilian Conservation Corps

Cleveland “torso” murders

Cohan, George M.


Collier, John

Comic strips

Commodity Credit Corporation


Congress, U.S.

Congress of Industrial Organizations

Consumers Union of the United States

Contract bridge

Corrigan’s wrong-way flight

Coughlin, Charles E.

Crane, Hart

Crater disappearance

Credit and debt

Crimes and scandals

Curry, John Steuart

Curtis, Charles



Davis, Bette

Day, Dorothy

Day of the Locust, The


Dean, Dizzy

De Jonge v. Oregon

Demographics of Canada

Demographics of the United States

Design for Living

Destry Rides Again

Dewey, John

Diary of a Country Priest, The

Dick Tracy

Dillinger, John

Dionne quintuplets

Dorsey, Tommy


Drive-in theaters

Dubinsky, David

Du Bois, W. E. B.

Dust Bowl

Dutch elm disease

Earhart, Amelia



Einstein, Albert

Elections, Canadian

Elections of 1930, 1934, and 1938, U.S.

Elections of 1932, U.S.

Elections of 1936, U.S.

Electric razors

Electron microscope

Elixir sulfanilamide scandal

Ellington, Duke

Empire State Building

Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins


Evian Conference

Export-Import Bank of the United States


Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

Fallingwater house

Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota

Farmers’ organizations

Farnsworth, Philo T.

Fascism in Canada

Fascism in the United States

Fashions and clothing

Father Divine

Faulkner, William

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Emergency Relief Administration

Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938

Federal Housing Administration

Federal National Mortgage Association

Federal Power Commission

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Theatre Project

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Writers’ Project

Fetchit, Stepin

Fibber McGee and Molly

Field Guide to the Birds

Fields, W. C.


Film serials

Fireside chats

Fitzgerald, Ella

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Flash Gordon

Fleming, Victor

Flint sit-down strike

Floyd, Pretty Boy

Fluorescent lighting

Food processing

Food stamps


Ford, Henry

Ford, John

Ford Foundation

Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938

Foreign policy of Canada

Foreign policy of the United States

Fortune magazine

Forty-second Street

Four Horsemen vs. Three Musketeers

Foxx, Jimmie

Frankenstein films



Frost, Robert

Frozen-food marketing

Functions of the Executive, The

Fundamentalist-Modernist conflict

Gable, Clark


Gangster films

Garbo, Greta

Garner, John Nance

Gehrig, Lou

General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, The

Geneva Disarmament Conference

George VI’s North American visit

George Washington Bridge

German-American Bund

Germany and U.S. appeasement

Gershwin, George

Glass-Steagall Act of 1933

“God Bless America”

Goddard, Robert H.

Gold Clause Cases

Gold Reserve Act of 1934


Gone with the Wind

Good Earth, The

Good Neighbor Policy

Goodman, Benny

Graham, Martha

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Hotel

Grapes of Wrath, The

Graves v. New York ex rel. O’Keefe

Great Depression in Canada

Great Depression in the United States

Great New England hurricane

Green Pastures, The

Greenfield Village

Gropius House

Grosjean v. American Press Co.

Gross national product

Group Theatre

Grovey v. Townsend

Gunther, John

Guthrie, Woody

Hague v. Congress of Industrial Organizations


Haiti occupation

Hammett, Dashiell

“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Harlem on the Prairie

Harlem Renaissance

Harlow, Jean

Hatch Act

Hawk’s Nest Tunnel disaster

Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930

Health care

Hearing aids

Heart-lung machine

Heat wave of 1931

Hell’s Angels

Hellman, Lillian


Hemingway, Ernest

Hepburn, Katharine

Hindenburg disaster


Holiday, Billie

Home Building and Loan Association v. Blaisdell

Home furnishings


Homosexuality and gay rights

Hoover, Herbert


Horror films

Horse racing

House Committee on Un-American Activities

Housing in Canada

Housing in the United States

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Hughes, Charles Evans

Hughes, Howard

Hull, Cordell

Humphrey’s Executor v. United States

Hutton, Barbara

I AM movement

Ice hockey

Ickes, Harold

I’d Rather Be Right

Imitation of Life

Immigration to Canada

Immigration to the United States

Income and wages in Canada

Income and wages in the United States

Indian Reorganization Act


Informer, The

Instant coffee

Insull Utilities Trusts collapse

Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace

International trade


Invisible Man, The


It Happened One Night

Japanese American Citizens League

Japanese military aggression

Jews in Canada

Jews in the United States

Jim Crow segregation

John Muir Trail

Johnson, Robert

Johnson v. Zerbst

Joliet prison riot

Joy of Cooking, The

Karloff, Boris

Kaufman, George S., and Moss Hart

Kelly, Machine Gun

King, William Lyon Mackenzie

King Kong

Labor Day hurricane

Labor strikes

La Guardia, Fiorello Henry

Landon, Alf

Lange, Dorothea

Last Mile, The

Latin America and the Caribbean


Laurel and Hardy


League of Nations

Lee, Gypsy Rose

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Lewis, John L.

Lewis, Sinclair

Life Begins at Forty

Life magazine

L’il Abner

Lincoln Continental Mark I

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

Lindbergh baby kidnapping

Literature in Canada

Literature in the United States

Little Caesar

Little Orphan Annie


London Economic Conference

London Naval Treaty

Long, Huey

Long Beach earthquake

Look magazine

Louis, Joe

Lovell v. City of Griffin

Luce, Henry

Luciano, Lucky

Ludlow amendment


MacArthur, Douglas

McDaniel, Hattie

MacLeish, Archibald


Man Who Came to Dinner, The

Manchuria occupation

Marathon dancing

Marble, Alice

March of Dimes

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

Marquand, John P.

Marx Brothers

Massie trial


Memorial Day Massacre

Mencken, H. L.

Merry Widow, The


Micheaux, Oscar

Mickey Mouse

Migrations, domestic

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act of 1934

Miller, Glenn

Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada

Modern Corporation and Private Property, The

Modern Times


Moody, Helen Wills

Morgenthau, Henry T., Jr.

Morro Castle disaster

Motion Picture Production Code

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Mr. Moto films

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Muni, Paul

Music: Classical

Music: Jazz

Music: Popular

Mutiny on the Bounty


Nancy Drew novels

Nation of Islam

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Association of Manufacturers

National Baseball Hall of Fame

National Council of Negro Women

National debt

National Film Act of 1939 (Canada)

National Firearms Act of 1934

National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933

National Labor Relations Act of 1935

National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.

National Negro Congress

National parks

National Recovery Administration

National Wildlife Federation

National Youth Administration

Native Americans

Natural disasters

Natural Gas Act of 1938

Natural resources

Naval forces

Near v. Minnesota

Nebbia v. New York

Nebraska unicameral legislature

Negro Leagues

Ness, Eliot

Neutrality Acts

Neutron star theory

New Deal

New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann

New York World’s Fair

Newspapers, Canadian

Newspapers, U.S.

Nitti, Frank

Nixon v. Condon

Nobel Prizes

Nonpartisan League

Norris-La Guardia Act of 1932

Northrop, John Howard

Nuclear fission

Nye Committee


Odets, Clifford

Ohio Penitentiary fire

Ohio River flood

Oklahoma Welfare Act of 1936

Olympic Games of 1932 (Summer)

Olympic Games of 1932 (Winter)

Olympic Games of 1936 (Summer)

Olympic Games of 1936 (Winter)

100,000,000 Guinea Pigs

O’Neill, Eugene

Organized crime

Ott, Mel

Ottawa Agreements

Our Town

Owens, Jesse

Palko v. Connecticut

Panama Refining Co. v. Ryan

Panay incident

Parking meters

Patterns of Culture

Pauling, Linus

Peace movement

Pearson, Drew

Pendergast, Thomas Joseph

People’s Forests, The

Perkins, Frances

Petrified Forest, The

Philippine Independence Act of 1934

Philippine Islands

Philosophy and philosophers



Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937

Pluto discovery


Porgy and Bess


Positron discovery

Post, Wiley

Postage stamps

Prohibition repeal

Psychology and psychiatry

Public Utilities Act

Purge of 1938

Quarantine speech

Race riots

Racial discrimination

Radar, invention of

Radio astronomy

Radio in Canada

Radio in the United States

Radio trust

Rand, Sally

Ranger, USS

Rayburn, Sam

Recession of 1937-1938

Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1936

Reconstruction Finance Corporation

Recording industry



Religion in Canada

Religion in the United States

Reorganization Act of 1939

Resettlement Administration

Reuther, Walter P.

Revenue Acts

Rice, Elmer

Richter scale

Riggs, Bobby

Roberts, Owen J.

Robeson, Paul

Robinson, Edward G.

Robinson, Joseph Taylor

Robinson-Patman Act of 1936

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Rivera mural


Rogers, Will

Rooney, Mickey

Roosevelt, Eleanor

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Roosevelt assassination attempt

Roosevelt’s court-packing plan

Roosevelt’s first one hundred days

Rural Electrification Administration

Ruth, Babe

St. Lawrence Seaway Treaty

St. Louis incident

San Francisco Bay bridges

Sarazen, Gene

Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States

Schultz, Dutch

Schuyler, George S.

Science fiction

Scottsboro trials

Screwball comedy


Securities and Exchange Commission


Sex and sex education

Sexually transmitted diseases

Shaw, Artie

Sherwood, Robert E.

Shore, Eddie

Simpson, Wallis

Since Yesterday

Sinclair, Upton

Smith, Alfred E.

Smith, Bessie

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Soap operas


Social Security Act of 1935

Socialist parties

Soil Conservation Service

Sons of the Pioneers

Soviet Union

Spanish Civil War

Sparling, Gordon

Sports in Canada

Sports in the United States

Squalus sinking


“Star-Spangled Banner”

Statute of Westminster

Steinbeck, John

Stimson, Henry L.

Story of Philosophy, The

Stromberg v. California

Studs Lonigan trilogy


Supreme Court, U.S.

Tarzan films

Taylor Grazing Act of 1934

Telephone technology and service

Television technology

Temple, Shirley

Tennessee Valley Authority


Texas school explosion

Thalberg, Irving

Theater in Canada

Theater in the United States

Thin Man, The

Thomas, Norman

Thousand Islands Bridge

Tilden, Bill

Timberline Lodge

Tobacco Road

Todd, Thelma

Top Hat

Townsend Plan

Tracy, Spencer

Trail Smelter dispute

Trans World Airlines



Triborough Bridge

Twentieth Amendment

Typhus immunization

Ultramares Corporation v. Touche

Ulysses trial

Unemployment in Canada

Unemployment in the United States


United States v. Butler

United States v. Carolene Products Co.

United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp.

Urbanization in Canada

Urbanization in the United States

U.S.A. trilogy

Vanderbilt custody trial

Vander Meer, Johnny

Vending machines

Veterans Administration

Voting rights

Wagner, Robert F.

Wagner-Steagall Housing Act of 1937

Walker, James J.

Wallace, Henry A.

War of the Worlds, The radio broadcast

Weissmuller, Johnny

West, Mae

West, Nathanael

West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish

Western films

Wheeler-Lea Act of 1938

Whitney Museum of American Art

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Wilderness Society

Winter War

Wizard of Oz, The

Wolfe, Thomas

Wood, Grant

Works Progress Administration

World War I debts

World War II and Canada

World War II and the United States

Wray, Fay

Wright, Frank Lloyd


Yearling, The

You Can’t Take It with You

Young Mr. Lincoln

Zangara, Giuseppe

Drama: Major Broadway Plays and Awards of the 1930’s

Entertainment: Academy Awards for Films of the 1930’s

Entertainment: Major Films of the 1930’s

Entertainment: Major Radio Programs of the 1930’s

Legislation: Major U.S. Legislation of the 1930’s

Legislation: Major U.S. Supreme Court Decisions of the 1930’s

Literature: Best-Selling Books in the United States of the 1930’s

Literature: Major Literary Awards of the 1930’s

Time Line of the 1930’s

Bibliography of the 1930’s

Glossary of the 1930’s

List of Entries by Category for The Thirties in America