The Great Depression / Edition 2

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"On October 29, 1929, better known as Black Tuesday, the stock market crashed, abruptly ending a decade of prosperity and catapulting the United States into the Great Depression, arguably the worst economic crisis the country has ever experienced. During the years that followed, until the U.S. entry into World War II in 1941, unemployment was at an all-time high, hundreds of banks foreclosed, and a sense of hopelessness pervaded the nation. It was only when America was drawn into the war that the United States finally emerged from the Great Depression." With updated narratives and testimonies, The Great Depression, Updated Edition, a volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period - from memoirs, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts, which illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes excerpts from such critical documents as President Herbert Hoover's 1931 State of the Union message to Congress, the 1934 treaty between the United States and Cuba, and the Social Security Act, as well as capsule biographies of more than 200 key figures, a new appendix with 11 graphs and tables, a revised introduction, notes, a bibliography, an index, and 22 new black-and-white photographs.

Compiles a history of the Great Depression, including the events that led up to it and the New Deal that followed, with chronologies, personal narratives, and documents.

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Editorial Reviews

The format of this new edition of Burg's analysis of the Great Depression parallels the first, originally published in 1996. The book is divided into seven chapters, each covering a specific timeframe beginning with causative events preceding the crisis (1919-1928) and ending with the emerging Second World War (1939-1941.) Each chapter opens with a narrative summary and analysis of the period, followed by a chronological listing of significant events and then by primary-source contemporary quotations from private citizens, politicians, radio broadcasts, and more. There are three appendixes: selected documents, biographies of major personalities, and graphs and charts. Interspersed throughout the text are approximately one hundred black-and-white photographs, which together with the quotations, help give readers a sense of everyday depression-era life. Many of the photos are evocative-about two dozen were added for this new edition, and the narrative and quotation sections enlarged, for example, to include segments on the racehorse Seabiscuit, as well as to expand the depression experiences of women and African Americans. Burg's prose is clear, but it is difficult to imagine the teen who would read this book for pleasure. The information density is high, but in a number of areas the narrative summaries presuppose a background knowledge that few teens are likely to have acquired. The book will be of most value to in-depth researchers, but given its high price and the other many resources available on the depression, this volume would seem to be an optional purchase for school and public libraries. 2005, Facts on File, 444p.; Index. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix., PLB $75..Ages 15 to Adult.
—Mary E. Heslin
Library Journal
Burg (coauthor, The World Almanac of the American Revolution, Pharos, 1992) competently delivers a narrative summary and chronology of major events in the United States and throughout the world during the Depression. He offers seven chapters, each covering one or more years; brief contemporary quotations from politicians, journalists, authors, and advertisements; and 80 black-and-white photographs. The appendixes contain a selection of primary sources, mainly New Deal statutes and other documents, and capsule biographies. The focus is somewhat different from that of existing reference series such as Britannica's "Annals of America," which is stronger on primary sources, and Time-Life's "This Fabulous Century," which offers better photographs. More recent competition comes from Victor Bondi's American Decades, 1930-1939 (Gale, 1995), which has a topical arrangement, a more attractive layout, and greater scope beyond politics but lacks the quotations. Given these choices, not to mention overlap with other types of reference books, this is an optional selection for school and college libraries.-Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
David Rouse
Another volume in Facts On File's Eyewitness History series follows other similarly organized series entries, including ones on the Vietnam War, the women's suffrage movement, and the French Revolution. These Eyewitness books gather excerpts from a variety of primary" sources--speeches, letters, narratives, newspaper accounts, and radio broadcast transcripts--to help readers get a feeling of how and why certain events took place and what it was like to live during each period. A wide range of contemporaneous events are included to provide a sense of historical context. A detailed chronology of each stage of the era is provided. (Pictures have been an especially valuable feature of the series, and 80 black-and-white photographs will be added to the finished work here.) Burg has written extensively on American history and gives here a sweeping view of the Great Depression, beginning with causal and catalytic events starting from the Treaty of Versailles and ending with effects and consequences that culminated with World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816057092
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Prelude to crisis : 1919-1928 1
2 Fateful year on Wall Street : 1929 41
3 The failure of optimism : 1930-1933 60
4 The First New Deal : 1933-1934 103
5 The Second New Deal : 1935-1936 146
6 Storms gather abroad : 1937-1938 187
7 The emerging war : 1939-1941 241
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