Human Tradition In America Between The Wars, 1920-1945 / Edition 1

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American society in the years from 1920 to 1945 experienced great transformation and upheaval. Significant changes in the role of government, in the nation's world outlook, in the economy, in technology, and in the social order challenged those who lived in this tumultuous period framed by the two world wars. This transformation lies at the core of this collection of biographical essays. Each individual in his or her own way grappled with the difficulties of the times. Some of those included here were well known in their day and afterwards, but many led lives now obscured by the passage of time. In these essays are men and women, African-Americans, Hispanics, whites, and Native Americans from all regions of the country. Written by leading and rising scholars, these never-before-published pieces provide students with a greater understanding of a period that in many ways represents an important last chapter in the creation of modern America. Providing a rich portrait through biography of the interwar years, The Human Tradition in America between the Wars is an excellent text for the following courses: Twentieth Century American History to 1945, American history survey, the Depression and the New Deal, and American social and cultural history.

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Editorial Reviews

Glen Jeansonne
The Human Tradition in America between the Wars, 1920-1945 describes and analyzes artists, politicians, and other individuals—representative figures including the popular and the obscure. Often driven by a single purpose, these Americans experienced and altered the tides of their times. Written in simple, eloquent language, and intellectually honest, these character portraits help illuminate the human condition by linking the microcosm to the macrocosm.
Ellis W. Hawley
The biographical essays in this volume are not only compelling in their readability but also highly instructive with respect to the nature of the American social order in a crucial period of change. Additionally, these pieces provide insights from disciplines apart from but intersecting with history. The essays illuminate relatively unknown lives that were integral parts of a larger mosaic of historical contributions and illustrate significant aspects of both mainstream and minority experience. Instructors seeking to convey the diversity of American experience and to help students understand that real people at all levels make history and that study of it can inform other fields should find the volume highly useful.
Kent Blaser
Professor Whisenhunt provides an excellent sampling of some of the less traveled historical byways of this period of U.S. history. The selection of individual biographies, ranging from Jimmie Rodgers and Ma Rainey to A. J. Muste, Frances Perkins, and Meridel Le Sueur, is particularly felicitous, with an excellent mix of the familiar and the unknown, including far more than the traditional token bow toward women, minorities, and working-class individuals. This book will make a great supplement to more mainstream texts for classes on the interwar period and will provide interesting new perspectives for general readers wishing to learn more about this important era in American history.
Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr.
The Human Tradition in America between the Wars, 1920-1945 is a masterpiece. The objective of all the books in this series is to bring major issues down to the level of ordinary people and in that way offer a perspective not often seen. Donald Whisenhunt has achieved and exceeded this objective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842050128
  • Publisher: Sr Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Human Tradition in American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald W. Whisenhunt is professor of history at Western Washington University and has published widely.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A.J. Muste: Portrait of a Twentieth-Century Pacifist Chapter 3 Zora Neale Hurston: Folklorist and Storyteller Chapter 4 Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman Chapter 5 Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues Chapter 6 William Lewis Paul: Tlingit Advocate Chapter 7 Marshall Keeble: An African-American Evangelist Faces Prejudice Chapter 8 Elaine Goodale Eastman: Author and Indian Reformer Chapter 9 Dennis Chavez: The Last of the "Patrones" Chapter 10 Frances Perkins: Always Working for Labor Chapter 11 Meridel Le Sueur: A Voice for Working-Class Women Chapter 12 Gerald L. K. Smith: Political Activist, Candidate, and Preacher of Hate Chapter 13 Emma Tenayuca: Labor and Civil Rights Organizer of 1930s San Antonio Chapter 14 Henry S. Aurand: Student, Teacher, and Practitioner of U.S. Army Logistics Chapter 15 Oveta Culp Hobby: Director of the Wartime Women's Army Corps Chapter 16 Ernie Pyle: From a "Worm's-Eye View" Chapter 17 Index

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