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Verdi trumps Shakespeare by inserting a hauntingly beautiful "Ave Maria" into his operatic version of Othello. Universal Classics hide caption

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Hear What Makes 'Ave Maria' From Verdi's 'Otello' Great
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A bread line forms outside of the Rescue Society in New York City in 1929. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" directly confronted the hardship of the Great Depression. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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A Depression-Era Anthem For Our Times
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