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Giants in their Time: Representative Americans from the Jazz Age to the Cold War

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From the 1920s to the end of World War II, the American experience was one of unbounded optimism, monumental achievements, and tragic loss. In Giants in Their Time, the latest volume in the Representative Americans series, noted historian Norman K. Risjord uses biographical sketches to create a composite portrait of the United States during this exciting, and trying period.
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Overview

From the 1920s to the end of World War II, the American experience was one of unbounded optimism, monumental achievements, and tragic loss. In Giants in Their Time, the latest volume in the Representative Americans series, noted historian Norman K. Risjord uses biographical sketches to create a composite portrait of the United States during this exciting, and trying period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742527843
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Representative Americans Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades.

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Table of Contents

1 Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington : the jazz age 3
2 Aimee Semple McPherson : jazz age religion 27
3 Samuel Insull and the great crash 51
4 Herbert Hoover and the crisis of American individualism 73
5 Harry Hopkins : quintessential new dealer 97
6 John L. Lewis : labor giant and public villain 117
7 Mickey Mouse : laughter in hard times 145
8 Monica Sone, Richard Nishimoto, and Daniel K. Inouye : the Nisei Japanese experience 163
9 General George C. Marshall : duty bound 183
10 Rosie the Riveter : four lives 211
11 J. Robert Oppenheimer : father of the atomic bomb 231
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