1929

Work

"El Corrido Pensilvanio"
  • Stock Market Crash
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"El Deportado"
Moving Along "El Corrido de Texas"
1930 Work "Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat"      
Home "Hobo's Lullaby"
1931 United/Divded "Which Side Are You On?"  
  • Empire State Building opens
 
1932 Work "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"  
  • "Bonus Army" attacked by U.S. Army while marching on Washington
  • 13 million are unemployed (1933)
  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany (1933)
  • Drought on Great Plains (1933)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (1933)
  • National Recovery Administration (1933)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (1933)
  • Agricultural Adjustment Administration(1933)
  • Public Works Administration (1933)
  • F.D.I.C. (1933)
 
1934 Work "Boll Weevil Song"
  • Indian Reorganization Act
  • Works Progress Administration (1935)
  • April 14, 1935 "Black Sunday"
  • Supreme Court declares National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional (1935)
  • Wagner Act and National Labor Relations (1935)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • Rural Electrification Project (1935)
  • 1935 First neutrality Act passed (1935)
Home "Cancion Mexicana"
1936 Moving Along "Cross Road Blues"  
  • Supreme Court declares Agricultural Adjustment Act unconstitutional
  • Summer 1936 Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at Berlin Olympics
1937 United/Divided "Strange Fruit"  
  • "I see one-third of the nation is ill-housed, ill-clad, and malnourished" — F.D.R.
  • Japan invades China
  • 1937-38 Strikes as unions take advantage of new labor legislation
  • Sept. 1937 Bonneville Dam — part of the Rural Electrification Act
Moving Along "Do, Re, Mi"
Faith & Ideals "Whistle While You Work"
1938 Faith & Ideals "God Bless America"  
  • "War of the Worlds" broadcast
  • 1939 Hitler-Stalin pact
  • World War II begins (1939)
  • Easter Sunday Marian Anderson sings "America" to a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied a concert at Constitution Hall (1939)
  • Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath published (1939)
  • Wizard of Oz released (1939)
1940 War & Peace "Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home"    
Home "Roll On Columbia"
1941 War & Peace "Goodbye Mama (I'm Off to Yokohama)"  
  • Lend-Lease Act (1941)
  • Atlantic Charter (1941)
  • Pearl Harbor attacked (1941)
  • F.D.R. orders employers doing business with government to support racial equality (1941)
Moving Along "Chattanooga Choo-choo"

1942

 

United/Divided "I'm Marching Down Freedom's Road"  
  • After February, no new cars made
  • Bataan death march
 
War & Peace "Der Führer's Face"
"A Slip of the Lip"
Work

"Rosie the Riveter"

1944

Home

 

"Duration Blues"

 

 
  • June 6, 1944 D-Day — Allies invade Normandy, France
  • December 1944 Battle of the Bulge begins
  • In Korematsu vs. U.S. Supreme Court rules that Japanese internment camps are a "necessary measure"
 
1945 Faith & Ideals "You'll Never Walk Alone"
  • April 1945 F.D.R. dies
  • May 1945 War ends in Europe
  • August 1945 War ends in Japan with dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki