Doctor of Philosophy in History
David Wrobel, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Elizabeth White Nelson
Second Committee Member
Marcia M. Gallo
Third Committee Member
Peter La Chapelle
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
The Federal Music Project and subsequent WPA Music Programs served as components of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" efforts to combat the economic devastation precipitated by the Great Depression. Operating during the years 1936 to 1943, these programs that engaged unemployed musicians mirrored similar efforts of the Federal Theatre, Art and Writers' Projects. Though the Federal Music Project proved to be the largest of the cultural programs in terms of both employment and attendance, to date it has received the least attention from scholars. This dissertation demonstrates that, given the societal landscape of 1930s America, a regional perspective is imperative to an analysis of the music programs. And, contrary to earlier histories, the Federal Music Projects and WPA Music Programs of the West were successful in expressing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region, thus achieving a primary goal of the Roosevelt administration.
Cultural programs; Federal Music Project (FMP); Great depression; Music programs; New Deal; Politics; Regional music; Unemployed musicians; Western United States; Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Music | Political History | Social History | United States History
Gough, Peter L., ""The Varied carols I hear": The music of the New Deal in the West" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 99.