1932 · Washington, DC
Although they had existed in one form or another for centuries, dance marathons, where partners needed to continually dance or move in order to avoid elimination, achieved their cultural zenith during the Great Depression, where couples would go to sometimes extreme lengths to compete for prize money, as dramatized in the classic 1935 proletarian novel "They Shoot Horses Don't They" by Horace McCoy. Concern for the health of the participants, as well as pressure from churches and women's groups, led to the gradual dying out of the phenomena, although they are still staged by colleges as charity events today.
9.25 x 12 inches. Two pages in illustrated self wrappers. Very Good. (Inventory #: 137995)