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New York, 1919-1931 : Cosmopolis

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Summary

  • During this episode of New York: A Documentary Film, filmmaker Ric Burns explores how the post-World War I economic boom, the rise of consumer culture, and the birth of new mass media industries fueled the convergence of an incredible array of human and cultural energies, ending with the stock market crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building. In just over a decade, New York gave birth to its signature skyscrapers and to artistic creations like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and to the jazz compositions of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Along the way, Harlem emerged as the undisputed capital of the African-American experience and the new media industries of advertising, radio, public relations, and magazine publishing found their homes in midtown Manhattan.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
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Contents

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald on New York (1:32) -- Yearning (2:58) -- Commemorating Victory (1:49) -- Post-War Optimism (1:33) -- Center of Mass Culture (1:53) -- New York in the Roaring Twenties (2:13) -- Red Scare (2:24) -- Shrugging Off Terrorism (2:57) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (2:55) -- Roaring 20s (2:09) -- Radio (1:55) -- Advertising and Psychology (2:33) -- Culture and Jazz (2:04) -- Harlem (1:41) -- Jazz (2:25) -- Breaking Barriers (2:27) -- New York's Influence (2:04) -- Tension Between City and Country (1:52) -- Roaring 20s (1:06) -- Excesses and Falls (2:28) -- Romance and Tragedy (2:08) -- Uncaring Fate (1:25) -- Smith Runs for President (1:31) -- Significance of Smith's Candidacy (2:01) -- Referendum on New York (2:57) -- Anti-Catholic Sentiment Against Smith (1:54) -- Smith Fights Back (1:20) -- Landslide Loss (1:55) -- Precursor (2:37) -- Speculative Bubble (2:11) -- Excesses (1:26) -- Skyscraper Race (1:45) -- World's Tallest Building (2:08) -- Run Up to Crash (3:50) -- Panic Selling (2:06) -- Stock Market Crash (2:08) -- Fallout from Crash (3:40) -- Empire State Building (2:30) -- Ambition of the Empire State Building (2:17) -- Irony of Empire State Building (1:51) -- Efficiency of Empire State Building (3:13) -- Riveters (2:04) -- Media Celebration of Workers (1:49) -- Completion of Empire State Building (3:15) -- Empire State Building Opening (2:14) -- Smith and the Building After Opening Day (3:11) -- Empire State Building's Successes (2:58) -- New York's Turning Point (1:16) -- My Lost City (2:41) -- To be continued...Additional Resources, Credits & Sponsors: New York, 1919-1931: Cosmopolis (3:59)
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