The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression As Seen by the Common Man DVD/CD/Booklet

The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression As Seen by the Common Man DVD/CD/Booklet

The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression As Seen by the Common Man DVD/CD/Booklet
Item# DVD196

Product Description

Perfectly timed to coincide with the current economic turmoil, this multifacited project eloquently communicates both the painfully hard times of the Great Depression and grace and strong will of thecommon man in confronting it.

This 120 minute DVD is comprised of intimate newsreel footage that captures a wide panorama of everyday American life- a soup kitchen in lower Manhattan, striking workers in North Carolina, the Boswell Sisters cheering up congressmen in Washington D.C., Zuni Indians in New Mexico offering their advice of how the white man should deal with the Depression, etc .Excerpts from Government-made films and classic documentaries offer stunning portraits of the poverty and distress of the times, and of the resourcefulness and courage American workers and their overnment employed to overcome it.

The CD compiles musical performances from the period that comment on the distressful time, both through vivid reporting and commical satire. Great performers like Bessie Smith, Eddie antor, Roy Acuff, Woody Guthrie, Ted Lewis, and many more present 23 classic selections.

The 32-page booklet offers very moving letters and observations from everyday Americans struggling to make it through the Depression, and many powerful photographs from the period.


  1. Introduction
  2. Jimmy Durante sings for the NRA
  3. People struggle with the Depression's impact
  4. New York soup kitchen tends to the needy
  5. The Boswell Sisters perform for congressmen
  6. The unemployed march for relief
  7. A Zuni Indian offers perspective on the white man's Depression
  8. Unemployed and down and out on the streets of Los Angeles
  9. Dance Marathons
  10. The Wall Street crash
  11. A debutante sells her chinchilla coat
  12. Fanny Brice and showgirls knit sweaters for the unemployed
  13. Union textile workers strike
  14. Dust storms on the Great Plains
  15. Mississippi River floods of the mid-1930s
  16. Storefront soup kitchen closed
  17. Government programs in action
  18. African-Americans put to work by the WPA

DVD Bonus Extras:
  1. Our Daily Bread (excerpt from King Vidor's classic feature)
  2. Electricity changes life in rural America

  1. (Everything's Gonna Be) OK America - ART KASSEL and his Kassels in the Air
  2. The Panic is On - HEZEKIAH JENKINS
  3. If I Ever Get a Job Again - DICK ROBERTSON and his Orchestra
  4. NRA Blues - BILL COX
  5. The Clouds Will Soon Roll By - EDDY DUCHIN and his Orchestra
  6. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out) - BESSIE SMITH
  7. We're In The Money (The Gold Digger's Song) - CHARLIE PALLOY
  8. The Great Dust Storm - WOODY GUTHRIE
  9. Headin' for Better Times - TED LEWIS and his Band
  10. Bad Times Blues - BARBECUE BOB
  11. Brother can You Spare a Dime? - CHARLIE PALLOY and his Orchestra
  12. Bread Line Blues - "SLIM" SMITH
  13. Welfare Store Blues - SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
  14. Franklin Roosevelt's Back Again - BILL COX
  15. I Can't Go to the Porhouse - DICK ROBERTSON
  16. Old Age Pension Check - ROY ACUFF and his Crazy Tennesseans
  17. When My Stocks Come Tumbling Down - FIELDS and HALL
  18. Down on Penny's Farm - THE BENTLEY BOYS
  19. A tale of the Ticker - FRANK CRUMIT
  20. In the Fall of `29 - W. LEE O'DANIEL and his Light Crust Doughboys
  21. Starvation Blues - CHARLIE JORDAN
  22. Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz! - EDDIE CANTOR
  23. Good Old Times (Are Coming Back Again) - DICK ROBERTSON

MultiPac - DVD & CD & Booklet
Deluxe Edition
This latest release will offer an exciting multi-media experience, covering subjects from the three distinct vantages of music, video and the written word. USA, 2009, B&W/Color, 120 minute DVD/CD/32 page booklet

[DVD] NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)

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