Author: Sharon Ann Musher
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2015-05-04
At its height in 1935, the New Deal devoted roughly $27 million ($320 million today) to supporting tens of thousands of needy writers, dancers, actors, musicians, and visual artists, who created over 100,000 worksbooks, murals, plays, concertsthat were performed for or otherwise imbibed by millions of Americans. But why did the government get so involved with the arts in the first place? Musher addresses this question and many others by exploring the political and aesthetic concerns of the 1930s, as well as the range of responsesfrom politicians, intellectuals, artists, and taxpayersto the idea of active government involvement in the arts. In the process, she raises vital questions about the roles that the arts should play in contemporary society."
Excerpt from The Arts, Vol. 4: July 1923 The doors are thrown open and trays of lighted candles are brought in. Little beeswax candles in tissue paper holders, one for every child, they shine with'a pure, radiant light; and at the close of the service the children carry their lighted candles out into the night. Here, in this quiet spot, removed from the drive and bustle of the new Bethlehem, one grows in understanding, for Mr. Wolle is a Moravian; the simplicity and strong beauty of those old chorales are his spiritual inheritance; he, too, as a little child, must have carried his lighted candle. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.