Forgot your password?  
Related Topics

The Last Night of Ballyhoo Historical Context

Alfred Uhry
This Study Guide consists of approximately 64 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
This section contains 699 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Last Night of Ballyhoo Study Guide

Historical Context

The Great Depression

The United States spent the 1930s in the midst of the Great Depression. This global economic recession was the worst depression in American history. Thousands of banks closed, leaving their customers with lost savings. Unemployment jumped dramatically, from just less than four percent in 1929 when the depression began; it reached its height in 1933, when about twenty-five percent of the U.S. population was out of work. By the late 1930s, many families had begun to feel some economic relief, but the depression did not end until the United States entered World War II in 1941.

Popular Culture in the 1930s

Americans turned to the movies as a way of forgetting their problems during the Great Depression. Gone With the Wind, based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell, became the most popular film of the decade. Comedies and musicals were also popular. However, some filmmakers illustrated social...

(read more from the Historical Context section)

This section contains 699 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Last Night of Ballyhoo Study Guide
Copyrights
The Last Night of Ballyhoo from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook