E.Y. “Yip” Harburg’s “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” (1932)
E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (Apr. 8, 1896 Mar. 5, 1981) was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia who lived in the Lower East Side of New York City. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” became one of the best known songs of the Depression and was adopted by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the theme song for his presidential campaign.
Film Clip Description
Yip Harburg’s, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932), is performed by Allison Moorer, May 2, 2007, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, NY. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.