American Cultural Studies
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Chair and Committee
As the United States endured the depths of the Great Depression, Hollywood's studio system sought to entertain the masses through a standardized process designed to maximize profit. Frank Capra, a director with more freedom than was customary under the classical model, attempted to reassure the American public of the fundamental strenghth of the American system through his populist films of the period. This, however, became more difficult as the financial concerns of the decade were joined by the totalitarian threats emerging in Europe.
Johnston, Nathan, "The Populist Dilemma: Frank Capra's Increasingly Unresolved Populist Films of the Depression Era" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 492.