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Thirties in America

Part of the Salem History collection. In addition to the set's extensive coverage of such Depression-era subjects as the economic downturn, bank failures, Dust Bowl conditions, and unemployment and such transformational New Deal programs and agencies as Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, the National Recovery Administration, and the Works Progress Administration, The Thirties in America covers a diverse array of other events and developments that set the 1930's apart from other decades, including the development of sound and color films and a general blossoming of the film industry; the first ominous signs of the coming world war; the ascendancy of radio entertainment; golden eras of Major League Baseball and professional boxing; the birth of Canada's Dionne quintuplets; the rise of gangsters such as Al Capone, John Dillinger, Ma Barker, and Bonnie and Clyde; major breakthroughs in nuclear physics that would eventually make possible atom bombs and nuclear energy; exciting new theories in astronomy about black holes and neutron stars and the discovery of Pluto and the invention of electric typewriters, instant coffee, radar, and the Richter scale for measuring earthquakes.

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