The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America by John F. Kasson

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America

By John F. Kasson

  • Release Date: 2014-04-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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"[An] elucidating cultural history of Hollywood’s most popular child star…a must-read." —Bill Desowitz, USA Today

For four consecutive years she was the world’s box-office champion. With her image appearing in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily, she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers, among them J. Edgar Hoover, Andy Warhol, and Anne Frank.

Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how, amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come.


  • Little girl who fought the great depression

    By Soul surviver
    After reviewing the sample I decided against buying the book. Since the entire sample consisted of a review of the depression, Herbert Hoover, and FDR in particular, I assumed that there wasn't a lot left to say about Shirley Temple. I may have enjoyed her story, but wasn't willing to sit through any more of the FDR "bio" to get to it. I loved all the Shirley Temple movies-- who wouldn't? But for $15 I wanted a little less Franklin Delano, and a little more "Bright Eyes"!