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317 319 Nathaniel West 0 Biography A 20th Century Life 0 Nathaniel Weinstein born in NYC 0 RussianJewish Immigrant parents 0 Mediocre students great interest in modern European Literature 0 Tufts University I Changed transcripts to get in I Failed out during first semester I Stole transcript from person with same name transferred to Brown 0 Studied Philosophy and World Studies 0 Changed name to Nathaniel West parodied saying to quotgo west 0 Novelist in NY 0 1933 Miss Lonelyhearts I Columbia Pictures interest to turn it into a movie 0 Producer rejected script West wrote 0 Wrote Hackwork low quality movie scripts o Defended Screenwriters Guild 0 Died 1940 o Picturing America Day of the Locust 0 About a painter in Hollywood 0 Showed West s deep dismay o A Cool Million Sources and Strategies 0 Borrowings from all kinds of 20th century sources I Horatio Alger stories takes story and turns it on its head 0 American Dream 0 Absurdity of rags to riches stories 0 Realistic portrayals of working class life FDR 0 Economic Disaster o In 2 12 years between stock market crash and FDR s election economy spiraled down Wages slashed Millions laid off 1932 24 unemployment rate 23 of children malnourished Penny Auctions 1933 banks foreclosing thousands of home a day I Many families living under bridges in shantytowns called quothoovervillesquot 0 New Deal Program I Right side socialism I Left side saved economy OOOOO 0 Saved banks first 0 Roosevelt Life amp Outlook 0 O O O 4 consecutive presidential elections Changed how Americans relate to government An old elite great power wealth and privilege Noblesse Oblige I Those with wealth amp power have the responsibility to take care of those below them Groton School I Old school traditional education 0 Manners patriotism focus on morality Harvard I Barely skated by I Ran school newspaper and often talked about a higher sports budget Eleanor Roosevelt I Distant cousin and later wife I Political companion to FDR Lucy Mercer I Fell in love after marriage to Eleanor I Eleanor demanded he chose her or Lucy leaned toward Lucy but didn t 0 Lucy was devout catholic mother threatened to cut off money 1921 almost died of polio paralyzed waist down I Remained optimistic I Could connect with outcast voters 1928 Hoover v Al Smith I Smith Roosevelt as governor of NY had a good name but shouldn t run I Smith won 0 Reduced small farmer taxes public relief efforts 1st state run public works agency 0 1932 Election 0 Walter Lippmann O I Roosevelt was an amiable boy scout and not a crusader for the American people FDR 1933 1945 I Extraordinary emotional intelligence I Policies improvised no overarching plan I Politically in the center for national election 0 Attacked Hoover s spending publicly I Largest margin of victory I quotonly things America has to fear is fear itself I Policies significantly held back full effects of economic crisis
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