United States and American History: 1936

About the history of the United States in 1936, Gone With the Wind written, Roosevelt reelected, Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin released, Spanish Civil War, Jesse Owens wins the Olympics.


--The runaway best seller of the year was Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, which in 6 months surpassed the sales of the previous best seller in American history, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

--Charles Chaplin's Modern Times was released.

Feb. 17 Fourteen thousand Goodyear rubber workers staged a sit-down strike in Akron, O., demanding recognition of their CIO union. The tactic was suggested by a Hungarian rubber worker who had read about its use in Europe.

Summer Jesse Owens, a black, won 4 gold medals in track events at the Olympics in Berlin. Hitler had expected these games to be a showcase that would prove the superiority of the Aryan race and the Nazi system.

June 27 Franklin Roosevelt, nominated again as the Democratic presidential candidate, said in his acceptance speech:

Concentration of economic power in all embracing corporations....represents private enterprise become a kind of private government which is a power unto itself--a regimentation of other people's money and other people's lives.

July 17 Fascist forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco started the Spanish Civil War in an attempt to overthrow the republican Government. Franco was aided by German bombers and Italian troops.

Nov. 3 FDR won the election, defeating Republican Alf Landon. Roosevelt carried every State except Maine and Vermont. Above 80% of the press opposed his reelection as President. Dec. 30 Auto workers in Flint, Mich., organized a sit-down strike that spread through the General Motors factories across the country. Production ground to a halt and the most decisive labor struggle of the decade began.

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