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In 1940, Joe the Hero made his big speech. To read about him >>
Henry Fonda is common man Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath
Charlie Chaplin ridicules Hitler in The Great Dictator
Walt Disney's Fantasia
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are witty reporters in His Girl Friday
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway wrote about the Spanish Civil War of 1937.
Richard Wright's Native Son is about a young black man trying to escape a Chicago slum.
For a Library of Congress recording made March 1940, Woody Guthrie plays "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," "Dust Bowl Blues," "Do-Re-Mi," and other songs. He later wrote "Pastures of Plenty," "The Grand Coulee Dam," and his most famous number, "This Land Is Your Land."
Charlie Parker meets Dizzy Gillespie and releases First Recordings