1930s Decade in Photos: Depression and Hope

1930s Decade in Photos: Depression and Hope

by Jim Corrigan
     
 

The Great Depression hit America like a mighty storm during the 1930s. Millions of workers lost their jobs. It was the worst economic tragedy in American history. Despite this, the nation forged ahead. A new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, fought tirelessly to end the Great Depression. However, by the end of the decade the world found itself slipping into

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The Great Depression hit America like a mighty storm during the 1930s. Millions of workers lost their jobs. It was the worst economic tragedy in American history. Despite this, the nation forged ahead. A new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, fought tirelessly to end the Great Depression. However, by the end of the decade the world found itself slipping into conflict. The horrors of World War II lay ahead.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Characterizing a decade in one slim book involves making choices—Corrigan has done quite well at selecting nineteen significant events or developments for each decade since 1900. Young history buffs get a look at politics, war, fashion, science, and technology in this "Amazing Decades in Photos" series; illustrated not only with photographs, each book makes use of posters, cartoons, prints, and newspaper pages as well. The decade 1930—1939 was a period of disasters like worldwide depression, Nazi control of Germany, the Dust Bowl in the American Midwest, and the fiery crash of the airship Hindenburg. Americans attempted to divert themselves with sports (boxing and the 1936 Olympic Games) and swing bands with leaders like Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Criminals Bonnie and Clyde achieved fame, while the world mourned Amelia Earhart, who disappeared on her flight across the Pacific. To his credit, Corrigan touches on art—in this title represented by the advent of comic books (not considered "graphic art" at the time) and glorious color films like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. By decade's end, Roosevelt's New Deal brought hope to Americans, but China was brutally invaded by Japan and war erupted in Europe. Looking ahead, Corrigan warns readers that the next decade would bring "the most destructive conflict in human history." The author's style is brisk, the illustrations often fascinating; the abundance of period photos, graphics, and popular art can help promote visual literacy. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031326
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Amazing Decades in Photos Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,467,745
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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