Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
The first installment of The World of the Thirties documentary series, which details the decade of the 1930s in 13 episodes, The World of the Thirties 1 tells the story of the radical ups and downs of the period. The '30s were a decade of intense change, both hopeful and tragic. This program, subtitled "Depression and Optimism," describes the rocky transition from prosperity to economic desperation that occurred at the start of the decade. The documentary program features scholarly commentary and archival photography.