Here’s a wonderful clip of a speech made by the great American comedian, cowboy and commentator Will Rogers about the state of the nation in the 1931, The Great Depression. He could make the same speech today.
(Poster for the National Recovery Administration known as the Blue Eagle, an early New Deal program)
Well, what with the bank failures and giant government bailout of Wall Street, I thought it was time to do an episode featuring the songs of the Great Depression. A lot of great music was composed in response to the collapse of the economy and the hard times of the Great Depression. I’m just scratching the surface on today’s program! But if things keep on the way they are I’m sure I’ll be doing another episode. On today’s show we hear songs about bank failures, New Deal programs, FDR, hard times, inflation, the Union Movement and more. See below for a list of the tracks played on today’s show, plus links and some good articles about the economy.