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A vogue for "folk" art — for genuine, unaffected expression — seized many artists and critics. The writer Constance Rourke made a career compiling folktales and humor. A similar admiration for folk culture infused Marc Connelly's play Green Pastures (1930) and Lynn Riggs's "folk drama" Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), which Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein adapted into the smash Broadway musical Oklahoma! in 1943. Musicologists such as Lomax and Odum, recorded, archived, and disseminated blues and country music for the nation at large.
25 July Britain and France dispatch envoys to Moscow to pursue negotiations for a military alliance with the Soviet Union. 26 July The United States notifies Japan that it intends to abrogate the commercial agreement of 1911, opening the way to American trade restrictions. 22 23 Aug. The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany agree to two treaties: one to maintain military neutrality toward one another; the other to divide Poland and the Baltic states following an anticipated German attack on Poland in the autumn.
12 Oct. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and songs that include "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things," Jubilee, starring Melville Cooper, Mary Boland, and Montgomery Clift, opens at New York's Imperial Theater. 16 Nov. Jimmy Durante stars in Jumbo with a live elephant at the New York Hippodrome. " 27 Nov. Boy Meets Girl, by Bella (Cohen) and Samuel Spewack, and starring Jerome Cowan, Garson Kanin, and Everett Sloane, opens at New York's Cort Theater and runs for 669 performances.
American Decades 1930-1939 (American Decades) by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli