A Tale of Two Depressions

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17 January 2017

Bing Crosby, "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"

19 January 2017

"Ain't We Got Fun" (1921)

The Cocoanuts (1929)

"I'm In The Market for You" (1930)

World Top Incomes Database

24 January 2017

Art of the First Great Depression:

"Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" (National Gallery, until 5 March)

"America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s" (London, until 4 June)

Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here (1935)

Nathanael West, A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin (1934)

The Great Gatsby (trailer) (2013)

The Great Gatsby (trailer) (1974)

The Great Gatsby (clip) (1949)

Alan B. Krueger, "The Rise and Consequences of Inequality in the United States" (2012)


Alan B. Krueger, "Land of Hope and Dreams: Rock and Roll, Economics and Rebuilding the Middle Class" (2013)

The American Dream, quantified

Notre Dame, mobility


31 January 2017

"We're in the Money" (1933)

Hoover's inaugural address (1929)

FDR's first inaugural address and video (1933)

Obama's first inaugural address (2009)

Trump's inaugural address (2017)


7 February 2017

"This Land Is Your Land": Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen, and full lyrics

FDR, "The Forgotten Man" (7 April 1932)

"Remember My Forgotten Man" (1933)

Street of Forgotten Men

Forgotten Man's Hour Radio Show

Jon McNaughton, "The Forgotten Man"

Letters to Obama


9 February 2017

South Bend (Bendix), Sit-down Strike (17 November 1936)

West Wing, "Missing Letter"

Louis Armstrong & the Mills Bros, "W.P.A."


14 February 2017

Billy Holiday, "Strange Fruit"

Abel Meeropol, "Bitter Fruit"

Lynching of Abram Smith and Thomas Shipp (7 August 1930, Marion, IN)

B&W photos from the FSA-OWI (1935-1945)

color, Bayou Bourbeau plantation operated by Bayou Bourbeau Farmstead Association (a cooperative established through the cooperation of FSA)

Arthur Rothstein and Gee's Bend

"The Quilts of Gee's Bend"

other LofC collections: Lomax Collection and WPA Posters


21 February 2017

Gid Tanner, "Tanner's Farm"

Bob Dylan, "New York Town"

Lead Belly, "Bourgeois Blues"

Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

Judy Garland, "Smile" (1936)

23 February 2017

King Vidor, Our Daily Bread (1934)

Florence Reese, "Which Side Are You On?" (1931)

Dropkick Murphys, "Which Side Are You On?" (2001)

Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman), "Which Side Are You On?" (2011)


28 February 2017

Guy Livingston, “The Cradle That Rocked: Rediscovering Marc Blitzstein” (4-part series)

Marc Blitzstein, String Quartet "Italian" (1930)

Mark Blitzstein discusses The Cradle Will Rock

John Houseman, the story behind The Cradle

"Moll's Song" (Emily Watson, 1999)

"Joe Worker" (1964)

"The Cradle Will Rock" (1964)

The Threepenny Opera (1931, English subtitles)

The Threepenny Opera (1952, Blitzstein translation, Leonard Bernstein conductor)

Lotte Lenya, "Mack the Knife"

Dave van Ronk, "Mack the Knife"

Lotte Lenya, "Seerauber Jenny" (Pirate Jenny) (1931)

Marianne Faithful, "Pirate Jenny" (1998)


7 March 2017

income (1913-1970)

unemployment (1929-1942)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (17 January 1961)

corporate taxes

individual and corporate taxes

tax rates

Allen Ginsberg, "America"

Muddy Waters, "Rollin' Stone"

John Lee Hooker, "I Wish You Were Here"

Bob Dylan: "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues", "Chimes of Freedom", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", and "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"

Martin Luther King, Jr. (30 April 1967)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "Ohio"

income (1970-2007)

productivity and wages

Madonna, "Material Girl" (1984)

Public Enemy, "Fight the Power" (1989)


9 March 2017

Bruce Springsteen, "My Hometown" (1984)

Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing" (1985)

Gordon Gekko (Wall Street, 1987)

Gordon Gekko (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010)


21 March 2017

Guardian, The 1930s Revisited

Pink Floyd, "Money" (1973)

Talking Heads, "America Is Waiting" (1981)

Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place" (1983)

Wealth Inequality in America

Judas Priest, "Stained Class" (1978)

Ramones, "I Wanted Everything" (1978)

The Clash, "Clash City Rockers" (1978)

average incomes (1980-2014)

income shares (1980-2014)

more average incomes (1980-2014)


29 March 2017

W. C. Handy/Lee Hunter, "Wall Street Blues" (1929)

Procol Harum, "Wall Street Blues" (2003)


Zbigniew Herbert, "Report from a Besieged City"

Cosmopolis, "The Rat as the New Unit of Currency"

Datek Online, "The Wall"

Cosmopolis, "A Protest Against the Future"

union rat, South Bend (2017)

union rats

James Cagney, "You dirty, yellow-bellied rat!"

Departed, rats: Nicholson and final scene


11 April 2017

Peter Gabriel, "Big Time"

"Going in Style"

Inside Job: trailer and clips, the events, the jargon, etc.

Charlie Rose interviews Charles Ferguson


18 April 2017

Bachman Turner Overdrive, "Taking Care of Business"

Ry Cooder, "No Banker Left Behind"

Too Big to Fail: financial crisis explained

Bill Moyers, "Six Films on the Financial Crisis"


20 April 2017

Nightwatchman, "This Land Is Your Land"

Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello, "Ghost of Tom Joad"

Los Angeles Times, Occupy Wall Street: Timeline

Helen Kallao, Occupy Chicago (photos)

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, "We Are the 99 Percent, 1765 Edition"

Harvard Ec 10 students, "An Open Letter to Greg Mankiw"

Occupy Wall Street, Mic Check at Zuccotti Park (25 September 2011)

Richard D. Wolff, Occupy Wall Street (4 October 2011)

"Eighteen Noteworthy Musical Performances for the Occupy Movement"

IMF, declining labor share


25 April 2017

Drew Landry, "BP Blues"

Lake Charles

PBS Newshour, "Why red states depend on and distrust government the most"

Democracy at Work, "Economics and Red States: Arlie Hochschild" (starting at 26:50)

Amanda Taub, "Why Americans Vote 'Against Their Interest': Partisanship"


2 May 2017

Woody Guthrie, "I Ain't Got No Home"

Woody Guthrie, "Old Man Trump" (lyrics)

Ras Kass, feat. Doc Hollywood, "The Great Recession"

comparison (PPT)