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Fear and the Great Depression

By the time of the “War of the Worlds” broadcast in 1938, U.S. citizens had been suffering through the Great Depression for nearly ten years. In his 1933 inaugural address, FDR recognized that the dominant mood of the country in the 1930s was not anger or resentment at the capitalist system but in fact was shame and fear.

“War of the Worlds” premieres Oct. 29, 2013 at 9pm on PBS.