Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
The fourth installment of The World of the Thirties documentary series, which details the decade of the 1930s in 13 episodes, The World of the Thirties 4 describes the period's jarring sequence of emotional events. The thirties were a period of intense change, both hopeful and tragic. This program, subtitled "Years of Gloom and Hope," investigates the optimistic energy of the day versus the desperation and destitution. Scholarly commentary and archival photography help tell the story.