The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America /
by Kasson, John F.Type: BookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Edition: First edition.Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780393240795 (hbk.); 0393240797 (hbk.).Subject(s): Temple, Shirley, 1928-2014 | Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography | Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Depressions -- 1929 -- United States | United States -- Civilization -- 1918-1945 | United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | United States -- History -- 1933-1945 | United States -- History -- 1919-1933
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-292) and index.
Smile like Roosevelt -- Such a happy little face! -- Dancing along the color line -- The most adored child in the world -- Keeping Shirley's star aloft -- What's a private life? -- Epilogue: Shirley visits another president.
Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.--From publisher description.
Discusses the optimism and good cheer that surrounded the young, Depression-era box office star whose singing, acting, and charming smile helped revive the American spirit during the 1930s and for many decades after.