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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Genevieve Taggard - Selected Archive Items

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[2360] Anonymous, Listening to the Radio at Home (1920),
courtesy of the George H. Clark Radioana Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Family seated around their radio in the early 1920s. Radio was the first affordable mass media entertainment to enter the homes of nearly all Americans. A powerful tool for rapid communication of news, radio also helped advertise products and spread music like jazz and swing around the country.

[7106] World-Telegram, Forgotten Women (1933),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-113263].
Unemployed and single women march in New York to demand jobs. Work relief programs during the depression often gave priority to men, on the assumption that the father should be a family's primary wage earner.

[8613] Vito Marcantonio, Labor's Martyrs (1937),
courtesy of Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.
Socialist publication describing the "great labor martyrs of the past 50 years." This pamphlet discusses the trial and public execution of the "Chicago Anarchists," who organized the Haymarket bombing in 1887 as well as the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927 and the Scottsboro Boys in the 1930s. The pamphlet goes on to talk about the thriving state of the 1930s labor movement.

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