The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression

Shirley Temple and 1930s America

Large Print - 2014
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"For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, she radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. The most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished moviegoers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers"--Back cover
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press/Gale Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410469120
Branch Call Number: LP 791.4302 Kass
Characteristics: 481 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm


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Dec 19, 2017

The outline and reviews of this book explain that it is a cultural, sociological study of how Shirley Temple fitted in to Rossevelt's New Deal, to try to drag USA out of the Great Depression.

It is not a flothy story of this child film star, but something far more important. I found it very interesting, giving me an insight into a part of history I knew little about.

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

When Franklin D. Roosevelt moved into the White House in 1933, he was determined to restore Americans' spirits and the American economy, but he needed resources besides social and economic measures to restore consumer confidence. Cue the entrance of Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, with her irresistible smile and engaging talents. In this fascinating book, cultural historian John Kasson shows how her 1930s films raised spirits, incidentally leading Americans to spend millions on movie tickets and memorabilia. Her partnership with co-star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson also gave hope to African Americans while significantly breaking a racial barrier. Not just a biography, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression presents an absorbing study of cultural history. July 2014 History and Current Events newsletter.


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