The Depression and New Deal: A History in Documents / Edition 1by Robert S. McElvaine
Pub. Date: 06/12/2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Depression and New Deal is a collection of primary sources documenting American life during the longest and deepest economic collapse in American history. From the prosperity and rampant consumerism of the 1920s, the book moves forward to cover the double shock of the stock market crash and dust bowl and then on to the recovery efforts of Roosevelt's/em>… See more details below
The Depression and New Deal is a collection of primary sources documenting American life during the longest and deepest economic collapse in American history. From the prosperity and rampant consumerism of the 1920s, the book moves forward to cover the double shock of the stock market crash and dust bowl and then on to the recovery efforts of Roosevelt's New Deal. Some of the most revealing testaments to the times-including songs by Woody Guthrie, articles from sources as diverse as Fortune magazine and the communist periodical New Masses, murals and posters sponsored by the Works Progress Administration, excerpts from literary classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and selections from Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" column-have been assembled to provide a well-rounded portrait of the age.
The battle among conflicting political and economic forces is brought to life with political cartoons, Roosevelt's "Forgotten Man" radio address and first inaugural address, Supreme Court decisions, newspaper editorials, text from the National Labor Relations Act, and many other documents. Some of the most compelling elements of this history record the impact of the depression on ordinary people. The experiences of Americans of both sexes, all ages, and various racial and ethnic groups are explored through documents such as Farm Security Administration photographs, interviews, letters to the Roosevelts, and the memoirs of a "southern white girl." A special section of Hollywood film stills demonstrates how the changing values of the nation were reflected in popular culture. Renowned historian Robert McElvaine provides expert commentary linking the documents into a fascinating and seamless narrative.
Textbooks may interpret history, but the books in the Pages from History series are history. Each title, compiled and edited by a prominent historian, is a collection of primary sources relating to a particular topic of historical significance. Documentary evidence including news articles, government documents, memoirs, letters, diaries, fiction, photographs, and facsimiles allows history to speak for itself and turns every reader into a historian. Headnotes, extended captions, sidebars, and introductory essays provide the essential context that frames the documents. All the books are amply illustrated and each includes a documentary picture essay, chronology, further reading, source notes, and index.
Table of Contents
What is a Document?
How to Read a Document
Chapter 1: The New Era and Its Undertaker: The Twenties, the Crash, Herbert Hoover
Keep the Consumer Dissatisfied
Herbert Hoover's Optimism
"When a horse Balks"
Chapter 2: Stormy Weather: Depression Life
Chapter 3: "A War Against the Emergency": The New Deal
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
The First Fireside Chat
"The Social Economics of the New Deal"
An Open Letter to President Roosevelt
The Social Security Act
Chapter 4: "And I Welcome Their Hatred": Business and the New Deal
The American Liberty League
Defending the New Deal
Schechter Poultry Corp. v. U.S.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaigns against Big Business
Chapter 5: Which Side are You On?: Labor Organizing in the Thirties
The National Labor Relations Act
A Call for Industrial Unionism
Finding Common ground
"Dis What de Union Done"
Chapter 6: Production For Use, Not Profit: The Left
"Whither the American Writer?"
"I Have Seen Black Hands"
"End Poverty in Civilization"
"Ballad of Roosevelt"
Chapter 7: The Quick Fix: Panaceas
"Cure for Depressions"
Lecture on Social Justice
Share Our Wealth
Chapter 8: "Woman Can Change Better'n a Man": Women, Men, and Children in the Depression
"Boy and Girl Tramps of America"
"Will Women Lose Their Jobs?"
Chapter 9: "The Negro Was Born in Depression": Race and Ethnicity in the Thirties
A New Pattern of Life for the Indian
The Mexican-American Dream
Mary Tsukamoto's Story
Chapter 10: Down on the Farm: The Rural Depression
Rebellion in the Corn Belt
"Dust Bowl Diary"
Woody Guthrie on the Dust Bowl
Chapter 11: Art for the Millions: Culture in the Thirties
Superman: New Deal Hero
Joe Louis Uncovers Dynamite
Federal Patronage of the Arts
Chapter 12: Cinema in the Depression
Chapter 13: The Mother and the Father of the Nation?: Attitudes Toward the Roosevelts
A Pre-Election View
A Letter from Wisconsin
Memorandum on "Court Packing"
Praise for Eleanor Roosevelt
Chapter 14: "Social Values More Noble than Mere Monetary Profit": The Great Depression and American Values
"Forgotten Man" Radio Address
Memories of a Southern White Girl
The Changed Social Life of a Migrant Camp
"Middletown in Transition"
"A Spirit of Charity"
"Over the Rainbow"
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