A View from the Bridge

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A View from the Bridge Socio-political setting (The social and political history that is investigated in the play)

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Overview Immigration – mass convergence into New York and US from war-torn Europe amid 19 – mid 20C. The Wall Street Crash – 1929 = The Depression. The Cold War – 1950s HUAC and McCarthyism

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Immigration 22 million came through Ellis Island and the port of New York. 70% arrived in New York. Ruined and war-torn Europe. American government got to be frightened at the numbers and passed laws to utmost migration. Numerous endeavored to enter illicitly – stowing without end on boats. Debasement on the docks – dockworkers and authorities neglected illicit section if migrants could pay a charge. A feeling of suspicion, mystery and false reverence developed subsequently.

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In this Rosh Hashana welcoming card from the mid 1900s, Russian Jews, packs close by, look at the American relatives alluring them to the United States. More than two million Jews would escape the slaughters of the Russian Empire to the security of the US from 1881-1924

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U.S. postage stamp honoring the tremendous Irish migration to North America amid the Great Potato Famine

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Ferries at Ellis Island For decades, migrants were isolated on the island until their entrance was endorsed. Today, Ellis Island is a gallery that remembers the a large number of United States residents who entered the nation there.

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The Statue of Liberty Symbol of welcome to returning Americans and Immigrants at the port of New York, the passage point for a great many European foreigners to the US.

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Immigration (cont… .) Immigrants were pulled in to 'the American Dream': rank and social class did not decide an effective future but rather diligent work and assurance. The 'American Dream' is the real trick (frequently connected with the Protestant hard working attitude) held by numerous in the United States of America that through diligent work, valor and assurance one could accomplish success. These were qualities held by numerous early European pioneers, and have been passed on to ensuing eras. What the American dream has gotten to be is a question under steady exchange.

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The American Dream in Miller's work Marco and Rodolpho are looking for this sort of life for themselves and their families in 'A View from the Bridge'. Arthur Miller's play, 'Demise of a Salesman', is an acidic assault on the possibility of the American dream and the issues connected with having the capacity to 'get rich speedy.'

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The Great Depression Wall Street Crash of 1929 saw the crumple of American economy. October 29, 1929 – known as Black Tuesday. Before this it had been 'the Roaring 20s' a mechanical brilliant age: developments in radio, cars, avionics and phone. The Depression started in the States and rapidly spread to Europe and all aspects of the world. Universal exchange declined, individual livelihoods and assessment incomes, costs and benefits all declined. Development was basically stopped, cultivating and mining endured, mining and logging endured real blows.

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Impact of the Crash 1) 12 million individuals out of work 2) 12,000 individuals being made unemployed consistently 3) 20,000 organizations had gone bankrupt 4) 1616 banks had gone bankrupt 5) 1 agriculturist in 20 ousted 6) 23,000 individuals conferred suicide in one year - the most noteworthy ever

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Impact on Miller Arthur Miller's dad lost everything and family moved from lavish flat to an average workers territory in Brooklyn. Life turned out to be hard. The circumstance was frantic for a huge number of laborers who were out of work. The American Dream transformed into a bad dream.

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The Bread Line, Great Depression

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Political Effects Democracy was debilitated as a consequence of monetary disappointment – Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini made real picks up which set the phase for WWII in 1939.

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'The Depression was just unexpectedly a matter of cash. Or maybe it was an ethical calamity, a savage disclosure of lip services behind the façade of American culture." Miller, 1987, collection of memoirs "Timebends"

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The Cold War

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The Cold War: America's Fear of Communism 'Frosty War': time of contention amongst US and Soviet Union, 1940s – mid 90s. Not a customary war. It was played out in the fields of: mental fighting (the weapons contest); political philosophy and promulgation (popular government versus socialism); undercover work; and the immense space race.

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The Cold War: beginnings Began with the atomic shelling of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan began the Cold War. US and Russia had been partners against Hitler however contended over how post-war Europe would have been part between them. America besieged Japan to demonstrate its energy and quality. Made a feeling of distrustfulness, suspicion and dread of atomic assault.

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The battle against Communism The spread of Communism (Soviet Union) was a consistent dread to the US. 'Reds under the bed' was a motto used to depict the dread that communists snuck all around, concealed.

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Example of Communist publicity

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McCarthyism is the term portraying a time of serious hostile to Communist suspicion in the United States from 1940s – 1950s. concurred with expanded feelings of trepidation about Communist impact on American establishments and secret activities by Soviet specialists. begat to censure the activities of U.S. Representative Joseph McCarthy .

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Joseph McCarthy's senate Inquiry McCarthy began a Senate request which blamed thousands for Americans of being communists or comrade sympathizers. They were addressed (on trial) before an administration board (Senate). Numerous were associated in resentment with restricted proof. Numerous endured loss of business, profession openings and detainment.

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McCarthy's Blacklist & HUAC – the House of Un-American Activities McCarthy made a boycott of the charged and the individuals who worked for government organizations, the diversion field, instructors and union activists were targetted. The trials were essentially a 'witch-chase'. Huge numbers of Arthur Miller's companions were grilled and boycotted. This occasion in history turned into the premise of his plays 'The Crucible' and 'A View from the Bridge'.