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Broadway Goes to WarAmerican Theater during World War II$
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Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180946

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180946.001.0001

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Popular and Culture, World War Broadway, II

Popular and Culture, World War Broadway, II

(p.1) 1 Popular and Culture, World War Broadway, II
Broadway Goes to War

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at the operations of popular culture during the war, the rise of socially conscious theater in the 1930s, which established the aesthetic and ideological contexts in which theater about the war was produced, the economics and audiences for Broadway theater, and the cultural place of theater in American life in the 1930s and 1940s. The theater of the 1930s was unusually politically conscious, primarily due to the Great Depression, which engendered heightened awareness of class divisions and the distribution of wealth. This social consciousness led to the rise of theater groups like the Theater Guild, the Group Theater, and the Federal Theater Project, which often expressed anti-Nazi or antifascist views.

Keywords:   Great Depression, Popular Culture, Broadway, Theater Guild, Group Theater, Federal Theater Project, Antifascism

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