Jazz in the 30s & 40s

All About the 1930s

“The decade was defined by a global economic and political crisis that culminated in the  Second World War. It saw the collapse of the international financial system, beginning with the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the largest stock market crash in American history.”

All About the 1940s

“Most of World War II took place in the first half of the decade, which had a profound effect on most countries and people in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. The consequences of the war lingered well into the second half of the decade, with a war-weary Europe divided between the jostling spheres of influence of the Western world and the Soviet Union, leading to the beginning of the Cold War.”
“All across North America, jazz and swing music dominated the airwaves and the dancehalls during the 1930s and 40s. Though the former had enjoyed widespread popularity since the turn of the century, it gave birth to swing in the late 1920s and by the following decade, had been usurped by swing as the most popular form of music in the USA.”

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