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Outlaws of the 1930s

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Transcript of Outlaws of the 1930s

Outlaws of the 1930s
The Western Hero
Who comes to mind?
Bad or Good?
Outlaws of the 1930s
"Public Enemies"
Public Enemies (bank robbers) were well liked because they raced about the country stealing wads of cash from banks, picking up women, and having a good time.

Ordinary people living vicariously through their stories.

wide range of support
John Dillinger
1903-1934
Most Flamboyant - Public Enemy No. 1 (Deemed by FBI)
Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd
1904-1934
Public Enemy No. 1 - After Dillinger's Death
Similarities
Like Canada, the United States went through many of the same problems.
Stock Market Crash
Foreclosure on property
Shanty Towns
The Great Depression
Many people were unhappy
with the government in the 1930s.
Banks had huge public relations problems during this time (remember the Palliser Triangle)
Responses:
Wander/Transients
Social Assistance
Relief Camps
or
To ordinary citizens, bank robbers were seen as victims of injustice, driven to commit such crimes.
Bank Robbers
It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under
Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice
Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head
Standin' on the front stoop hangin' out the window
Watchin' all the cars go by, roarin' as the breezes blow
Crazy lady, livin' in a bag, Eatin' outta garbage pails,
The bill collectors, they ring my phone
And scare my wife when I'm not home
Got a bum education, double-digit inflation
Can't take the train to the job, there's a strike at the station
Wear a shirt and tie and run with the creeps
Cause it's all about money, ain't a damn thing funny
You got to have a con in this land of milk and honey
The places you play and where you stay
Looks like one great big alleyway
You'll admire all the number-book takers
Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
You say I'm cool, huh, I'm no fool
But then you wind up droppin' outta high school
Now you're unemployed, all null and void
Walkin' round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
Turned stick-up kid
"To breath free on the land.
The real American must shake
off the weight of institutions."
(Willis, Gary)
The Myth and Legend of

"the Outlaw"
Characteristics
distrust of
government
isolated
street smarts
Who is good in this story?

Rebels - Is this a negative connotation?
"He robs from the rich and gives to the poor"
A symbol for justice
against greed.
Yes, he took to the trees and timber
To live a life of shame;
Every crime in Oklahoma
Was added to his name.
Others tell you 'bout a stranger
That come to beg a meal,
Underneath his napkin
Left a thousand-dollar bill.

It was in Oklahoma City,
It was on a Christmas Day,
There was a whole car load of groceries
Come with a note to say:

"Well, you say that I'm an outlaw,
You say that I'm a thief.
Here's a Christmas dinner
For the families on relief."

Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.
John "Red" Hamilton
1899-1934
Born in Sault St. Marie
Other Notable Public Enemies
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and
Clyde Chestnut Barrow

"Bonnie and Clyde"

1910 - 1934
George 'Baby Face" Nelson
1908-1934
Barker-Karpis Gang
1931-1935
Alvin
"Old Creepy" Karpis
Ma Barker
George
"Machine Gun" Kelly
1900-1954
(sent to Alcatraz)
Escapism: a way of escaping your everyday problems.
2014
Listen to your ipod
Stay in your room
watch Netflix
Play video games
Text
Surf the net
etc.
1930s
Movies - Usually a lot longer (Cartoon, News Real, B-Movie, feature)
Radio
Quintland
Rob Banks
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