Seabiscuit and the 1930s

“Seabiscuit” – the documentary not the movie – airs Monday night, November 23, on WOSU TV at 9pm. Even if you’re tired of hearing about The Great Depression, or this latest Great Recession, there’s plenty to love about this documentary from American Experience.

In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression era, Seabiscuit became a working man’s hero. “For a brief moment in America,” says Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling Seabiscuit, “a little brown racehorse wasn’t just a little brown racehorse. He was the proxy for a nation.”

Here’s Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral, circa 1938:

– Scott Gowans