The Great Depression and the New Deal

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This essential guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal provides a wealth of information, analysis, biographical profiles, primary documents and current resources that will help students to understand this pivotal era in American history. The author, an expert on this age of U.S. history and politics, brings to life the traumatic period that began in 1929 and ended only with America's entrance into World War II in 1941. He carefully explains the causes of the Depression, the actions taken by Franklin D. Roosevelt to lift America out of its economic morass, and the economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of the age.

Following a chronology of events, a narrative overview examines the events of the Great Depression and the New Deal. Other topical essays address the causes and cure of the Depression, America's struggle against the Depression, the effect of the Depression on American politics, changes in society and culture during the Depression decade, and an evaluation of the New Deal from a contemporary perspective. Twenty-seven biographical profiles of key figures of the era, the text of ten important primary documents, a glossary of frequently cited terms, and an annotated bibliography of print and nonprint materials for student use complete the work. This work is an essential source for the most current thinking and resources on the Great Depression and the New Deal.

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After a chronology of events from the election of Herbert Hoover in 1928 to the US entrance into World War II in 1941, Himmelberg (history, Fordham U.) narrates the history of the Great Depression that followed the stock market crash of 1929 and the New Deal policies Roosevelt instituted to mitigate the poverty. Biographical profiles, a glossary without pronunciation, and the text of important documents completes the reference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

ROBERT F. HIMMELBERG is Professor of History at Fordham University. He served as Dean of Fordham's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 2000.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Chronology of Events
The Great Depression and the New Deal Explained 1
1 The Great Depression and the New Deal: An Overview 3
2 A Decade of Depression, 1929-1941: Theories of Cause and Cure 21
3 America's Struggle Against the Depression, 1929-1940: From Hoover to Roosevelt and the New Deal 33
4 The Great Depression and American Politics 55
5 Society and Culture in the Depression Decade 69
6 The New Deal: An Evaluation 77
Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Great Depression and the New Deal 81
Primary Documents of the Great Depression and the New Deal 117
Glossary of Selected Terms 155
Annotated Bibliography 161
Index 179
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