1927: High Tide of The 1920s

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A tumultuous stock market, a media obsessed with celebrity and scandal, a time new technologies were rocking society: the 1920s bear more than a little semblance to today, and 1927 is a snapshot of the period. Photographs and illustrations bring to life a year with astonishing parallels to the present. "[An] encyclopedic study with all the verve and excitement of a finely tuned novel.... An outstanding book." — Library Journal

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A tumultuous stock market, a media obsessed with celebrity and scandal, a time new technologies were rocking society: the 1920s bear more than a little semblance to today, and 1927 is a snapshot of the period. Photographs and illustrations bring to life a year with astonishing parallels to the present. "[An] encyclopedic study with all the verve and excitement of a finely tuned novel.... An outstanding book." — Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The traditionally nostalgic view of 1920s America recalls a boisterous, almost quaintly amoral nation peopled by revelers, flappers, gangsters and G-men, living alongside avaricious and immoral Babbitts and Arrowsmiths, governed by incompetent, narrow-minded politicians named Calvin and Herbert, all gleefully riding a roller coaster about to descend into the Great Depression. Much of Leinwand's material reflects this view. Al Capone and Elliot Ness, flamboyant evangelist Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, a virulently anti-Semitic Henry Ford, Sacco and Vanzetti, Charles Lindbergh, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryant, Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth all make appearances, but Leinwand also looks beyond the familiar to excavate America's psyche during that decade. He doesn't shy from what he finds there, offering a picture of America marred by racism, political arrogance reflected by the country's first jungle war (a foray into Nicaragua), pervasive corruption and religious intolerance. He also describes a country in the throes of change. Inequalities of income and opportunity between rural and urban America were driving poor farmers to the cities and changing traditional demographics. Women were entering the workforce in substantial numbers and feminism was emerging as a force in politics and daily life. African-Americans were involved in a mass migration from the South to the industrial North, driven by a new militancy within the African-American community and the aftereffects of the epochal 1927 Mississippi River flood. Focusing on these weightier subjects, Leinwand, founding dean of the School of Education at Bernard M. Baruch College, provides invaluable insights into fundamental historical concerns, many of them relevant today. His well-documented research and confident, unobtrusive prose will appeal to anyone interested in U.S. history or cultural studies. (Feb. 12) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Leinwand (The Pageant of World History, o.p.) unfurls this encyclopedic study of the year 1927 with all the verve and excitement of a finely tuned novel. There is a lot about 1927 that many readers may wish to forget. In the South, there was an epidemic of lynchings that would eventually help propel the Civil Rights crusade of the troubled Sixties. The lawlessness of the Prohibition era, personified by "Scarface" Al Capone, was also rampant. But there were heroes as well. For instance, in 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh captured the adulation of the nation with his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. Meanwhile, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover led a flood relief program along the Mississippi that would eventually lead him to the presidency. In addition, 1927 saw rapid growth of the movie industry, the advent of national radio, and even the early experiments with television. This is an outstanding book, recommended for all libraries.--Chet Hagan, Historical Society of Berks Cty., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A snapshot of a period that bears a resemblance to our own recent history, confident of prosperity and on the edge of tremendous change. Leinwand (president emeritus, Western Oregon U.) was drawn to 1927 as "a remarkable year," in the words of historian Page Smith, "in which man-made events competed with natural disasters for public attention" and when the American public was more intent than ever on enjoying itself. Many of the issues that became pressing then<-->immigration , the role of women, opportunities for minorities, the role America should play in global events<-->continue to be debated today. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568581538
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Ch. 1 The Year in Review: January 1: New York Celebrates the Arrival of 1927 1
Ch. 2 The Coolidge Prosperity: February 11: "Happy Birthday Mr. Edison" 33
Ch. 3 The State of the Union: March 4: Congress Adjourns and Will Rogers Comments 62
Ch. 4 America and the World: April 7: Television Is Demonstrated 95
Ch. 5 Crime in America: May 18: Bath, Michigan, Is Scene of Most Violent School Bombing in American History 129
Ch. 6 Race in America: June 27: Mr. Hoover Moved to Tears as Negro Children Serenade 153
Ch. 7 The New Woman and the New Man: July 4: Celebrations Neither Safe nor Sane 171
Ch. 8 Religion Old and New: August 7: International Peace Bridge Is Open 197
Ch. 9 Health and Education: September 24: Cigarettes May Kill 60 Percent of Infants of Mothers Who Smoke: AMA Disagrees 221
Ch. 10 That's Entertainment: October 10: Earl Carroll, Imprisoned for Allowing a Model to Bathe Nude in Tub of Champagne, Is Paroled 241
Ch. 11 Writers and Readers: November 5: "Big" Bill Thompson, Chicago's Mayor Threatens to Burn Library Books 279
Ch. 12 Yesterday's Tomorrows: December 17: Entire Crew of Submarine Perishes 303
Suggestions for Further Reading 321
Index 323
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