The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Great Depression


You’re no idiot, of course.  You’re aware that Wall Street crashed in 1929, leading to a financial disaster that lasted more than a decade.  But despite what you’ve heard about “Black Tuesday,” the Great Depression didn’t happen overnight or because of one bad day on Wall Street.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Great Depression will show you exactly how the economy collapsed – and how the United States survived it.  In this ...

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You’re no idiot, of course.  You’re aware that Wall Street crashed in 1929, leading to a financial disaster that lasted more than a decade.  But despite what you’ve heard about “Black Tuesday,” the Great Depression didn’t happen overnight or because of one bad day on Wall Street.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Great Depression will show you exactly how the economy collapsed – and how the United States survived it.  In this Complete Idiot’s Guide, you get:

  • The causes in the 1920s that led to the Black Tuesday market crash on October 29, 1929
  • How the administration under President Herbert Hoover attempted to manage the nationwide crisis.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s election, his formation of the Brain Trust, and his reassuring fireside chats.
  • Soup kitchens, bread lines, homelessness, and other hardships Americans faced during the Depression.
  • How Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor brought the country’s economic woes and the Great Depression to an end.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028642895
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Splat! 1
1 Ain't We Got Fun! 3
How Are You Going to Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? 3
Bull by the Tail 4
Good-Bye, John Barleycorn 5
Good-Bye Wilson, Hello Harding 6
Silver Linings 6
This Side of Paradise 6
Torches of Freedom 7
Birth of the PR Man 8
Buy Now, Pay Later 9
Out of Thin Air 9
Fordissmus and the Flivver 10
Seeds of Trouble 11
Reasons for the Wall Street Boom 12
Americans Look Back and Ahead 13
2 Who Says You Can't Buy Happiness? 15
A Great Guy to Play Poker with on Saturday Night 16
Quiet Man in a Roaring Country 16
A Walk Down "Main Street" 18
A Couple of Visitors to Middletown 18
The World According to Mellon 20
Come on in, the Water's Fine 21
How to Get Rich Without Working 22
A Bootlegger Named Gatsby 24
Suddenly in Love with Lindy 25
Henry Does It Again 25
Highways to Heaven 26
The Air Hero as Pitch Man 27
The Saga of Submarine S-4 27
3 Wall Street Follies 31
Verses at the Side of the Road 31
The Problem of the 1920s 33
Quiet Man in a Noisy Time 35
Ten Words from Silent Cal 36
Great Expectations 38
Singing a Song of Cheer Again 39
What's Really Going on Here? 39
Oh, the Changes a Day Can Bring 40
Leaking Like a Sieve 41
Another Way to Get High 43
4 Hooverville 45
Not Your Usual Short Slump 45
When in Trouble, Call a Conference 46
What Goes Up Must Come Down 48
Lies, Naked Lies, and Statistics 48
Laughing to Keep from Crying 48
How Long Can You Live on Hope? 51
Such a Day Will Not Come 51
Two Ideas, Both Bad 53
A Shanty in Old Shantytown 54
Who Are These Men? 55
An Army in Retreat 56
Thieves and Plug-Uglies 57
Part 2 What's the Deal? 59
5 The Man with Three Names 61
Hoover and the Valley of Depression 61
An Abundance of Democrats 64
A Pleasant Man Without Qualifications 65
Who Was Franklin Delano Roosevelt? 66
A Contest Between Two Philosophies 67
A Long Wait for Change 68
A Scary Moment in Miami 69
An Exchange of Notes 70
High Noon at the Capitol 71
The Gift 71
The West Wing 72
6 Have These Guys Got Brains! 75
A White House Visitor 75
A Trusty Trio 76
Sorry, the Bank Is Closed 77
Streak of Lightning 78
Putting Out the Fire 78
Handful of Marauders 80
Keeping the Necessary Balance 81
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States" 82
After All This, What Changed? 84
Juggling Money 84
The Sound of Popping Corks 85
"My Gosh, It's Mrs. Roosevelt" 85
7 Alphabet Soup 87
As Good as Gold 87
The Second New Deal 88
Not All Pick and Shovel Work 89
Federal Arts Project (FAP) 90
Federal Music Project (FMP) 90
Federal Theater Project (FTP) 90
Federal Writers' Project (FWP) 91
It Helped You Grow Up 91
Can a Blue Eagle Fly? 92
Nine Old Men 93
Nothing to Do with Automobiles 93
What the Doctor Saw 94
The Social Security Act 95
The Wealth Tax 95
A Nation in Shock 96
Heading Home from Havana 96
Big Show on the Beach 98
8 Listen to This! 99
Friends and Fellow Americans 100
Gotta Have My Radio 101
Now a Word from Our Sponsor 102
A Radio Show for Everybody 102
Ah, There's Good News Tonight 105
The Radio Priest 105
That Old-Time Religion 105
The Gospel of Help Thyself 107
Eyes and Hearts in the Skies 108
America's Darling of the Skies 109
Fat Man at the Dinner Table 109
Part 3 This Land Is Your Land 113
9 Soup and Dust Bowls 115
Rendezvous with Destiny 115
"Hands Off the Supreme Court!" 117
The Planned Economy 118
Stampeded Like Cattle 119
To Prime the Pump 119
If at First You Don't Succeed 120
Down on the Farm 120
River Keep Away from My Door 121
The Saddest Land I've Ever Seen 121
Voices from the Dust Bowl 123
Dust Bowl Balladeer 124
Not Since the Pyramids of Egypt 125
Does This Sound Familiar? 127
10 Keep It Movin', Buddy! 129
A Journey of Husbandry 130
A Nation of Migrants 131
If This Isn't Depopulation, What Is? 132
Highways to Heaven 133
California, Here I Come 133
Arrival of the Okies 135
Life in the Little Oklahomas 137
The Feds Step In 137
Big Wind Back East 138
A Voice for the Okies 138
The Belly vs. the Book 139
A Wealth of Writers 140
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! 140
Sunday Morning Giggles 141
Something to Kill Time With 141
11 Black, White, and Blues 143
Facts We Do Not Now Possess 143
The Other Migration 144
The Scottsboro Boys 146
Green Pastures in Heaven and on Earth 148
The Transformation of Elijah Poole 149
Two Warring Ideals in One Dark Body 149
The Negroes Everybody Liked 151
The Brown Bomber 151
The Emperor Robeson 151
Amos 'n' Andy 152
The Harlem Renaissance 153
Harlem's Poet 154
Big Trouble Uptown 155
12 A Little Flower Blooms 157
Big Gorilla and Little Flower 158
Fiorello Gets a New Job 159
Forging an Alliance 161
Boondoggling Exhibit A 163
Unless You Demand It 164
Mr. Rockefeller's Center 165
The Man on the Ledge 166
Fashion City 168
The Great Garbo 169
Part 4 Crackpots and Monsters 171
13 Every Man a King 173
The Unmistakable Edict 174
"My Enemies Believe I'm Faking" 174
The Kingfish 175
Share the Wealth 177
All the King's Men 179
Heir to the Movement 180
The Man with the Eyebrows 181
Between a Rock and a Hard Place 183
The Manager of Discontent 183
The Birth of the "Sit-In" 184
They Didn't Just Sit 185
The Lasting Effects 185
14 Give This a Try 187
Methodology of the Most Probable 188
I Have Been to the Future and It Works 189
To Russia with Love 191
A War, a Book, and a Movie 193
Something's Troubling Mr. Dies 194
FDR Looks Overseas 196
Who Says When We Should Go to War? 196
None of Our Business 197
15 Brown Shirts, Black Shirts, No Shirts 199
Triumph of the Will 200
If the Shirt Fits, Wear It 201
The Christian Front 202
Meet the American Hitler 203
A Gullible Man with an Umbrella 204
FDR Declares War on Democrats 204
All Politics Are Local 206
To Preserve Our Reforms 207
Reshuffling the Executive Branch 207
Bracing for the Gales of War 208
Going Crazy over Royalty 209
Ga-Ga over George 210
16 Guys with No Necks 213
The Law of Unintended Consequences 214
The Art of the Stick-Up and Fast Getaway 216
The Last Picture Show 217
Bonnie and Clyde 220
Crime of the Century 220
Tom Dewey Gets Lucky 223
The Little Flower and the Slots 226
Part 5 Better Tomorrows 229
17 Dimples and the Hoofer 231
A Week with Mr. and Mrs. Average American 231
Downtown on Saturday Night 234
A Miraculous Silver Screen 235
Toe-Tapping, Twirling, and Plenty of T and A 238
The Screen's Sexiest Gal 241
How Can You Hurt a Watch by Dipping It in Molasses? 241
A Dose of Reality 242
Sundays in Great Depression America 243
Two Babes and an Iron Man 244
Memorable Movie Lines 245
Depression? What's That? 246
18 I Ain't So Tough 249
We Are All Soldiers 250
Black, White, and Red All Over 251
Communism with Two Butlers and a Swimming Pool 252
The Gangster as Society's Victim 253
Dames, Molls, and Whores with Hearts of Gold 255
Orson Welles Says "Boo!" 257
The Curtain Comes Down on the Federal Theater 259
Mysterious Stuff 260
The Genuine Article 261
The Real Nick and Nora 261
Doyle Is Dead, Sherlock Isn't 262
19 Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing 263
America's Music Teacher 264
The Duke, the Count, and the King 265
Carnival of Swing 268
The Five-and-Dime Store 270
A Few Fads and Nonmusical Crazes 271
Call for Philip MAW-RISSS 272
Papa Dionne Hands Out a Bunch of Cigars 273
A Big Boom in War Toys 274
Wild Bill 275
20 World of Tomorrow 279
Who the Devil Is This Guy Named Art Deco? 280
Mr. Breer's Brainstorm 281
Streamlining Takes to the Rails 282
Up, Up, and Away 284
Lining Up on the Runway 285
Time Out for a Flashback 285
Open Up Your Golden Gate 289
The Biggest and Best 290
Amusement Parks 293
The Resort of the Monopoly Board 295
A Park for the Sweet-Toothed 297
21 America First 299
Who's Scarlett? 300
Where's Dorothy? 301
That SOB in the White House 302
My Conscience Will Not Let Me 304
The Four Freedoms 306
This Dabbling in Europe's Wars 307
The Fat Lady Sings 310
The End of Isolationism 310
Could It Happen Again? 311
A Great Depression Chronology 313
B Roosevelt's Fireside Chats in the 1930s 321
C Great Depression Glossary 323
D Further Reading 329
Index 337
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