The 1940s brought tremendous change to America. The decade saw an explosion in creativity as the American musical emerged on Broadway, Abstract Expressionism shocked the art world, radio ruled the airways, the sound barrier was broken, pulp fiction flourished, and people packed movie theaters to watch Westerns and the stylistic films noir.
At the same time, the 1940s were dominated by America’s entry into World War II as the war and its aftermath transformed the country socially, economically, and politically. The roles of men and women began to change, redlining and blockbusting altered the makeup of many neighborhoods and communities, the idea of a March of Washington was born (but would not come to fruition until 1963), and the United Nations and NATO were formed.
In this interactive presentation, we will explore the ways in which the 1940s was a unique decade in American history. We will discuss the transformative effect the decade had on life in the United States and the singular nature of the American experience in the 1940s.