Charting the Depression: The 1930s

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch3

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Charting the Depression: The 1930s, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • charting the depression - the 1930s;
  • stock market crash of October 24, 1929 - marking the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States;
  • newly formed Reconstruction Finance Corporation - offering support to banks;
  • onset of Depression opportunities for writers to publish their work - diminishing;
  • fiction of the decade, reflecting the leftward political shift - taken by writers;
  • fiction writers, and successful careers in the 1920s - responding to changed conditions in different ways;
  • Thomas Wolfe's writing, continuing the multi-novel autobiographical narrative - begun, with Look Homeward, Angel;
  • individual guidebooks, in quality and approach - efforts of Project's coordinating office in Washington;
  • Black writers, underrepresented - on the Federal Writers Project payrolls;
  • Wright, beginning work on short stories of Uncle Tom's Children (1938) - and the novel Native Son (1940)