Poetry of the People: Poems to the President, 1929-1945

Poetry of the People: Poems to the President, 1929-1945

by Donald W. Whisenhunt
     
 

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    The Great Depression was one of the most traumatic events of recent American history. Donald W. Whisenhunt has analyzed, and provided context for, the vast collection of poetry and song lyrics in the Hoover and Roosevelt presidential libraries to assess another aspect of American public opinion. 
    The poets of the

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    The Great Depression was one of the most traumatic events of recent American history. Donald W. Whisenhunt has analyzed, and provided context for, the vast collection of poetry and song lyrics in the Hoover and Roosevelt presidential libraries to assess another aspect of American public opinion. 
    The poets of the era voiced their opinions on virtually every subject. They wrote about New Deal agencies, they praised and condemned Hoover and Roosevelt. They expressed their views about the Supreme Court, the third term, and the approaching war in Europe. The resulting study, arranged topically rather than chronologically, provides a unique perspective on American popular culture and American politics.

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While completing his dissertation, Whisenhunt (history, Western Washington U.) found 40 boxes of pre-World War II poetry addressed to Franklin D. Roosevelt, written by Americans living through one of the most challenging points in US history. This volume finally collects that poetry, providing a rich primary source to understanding American public opinion during the depression. The poems (with commentary) are arranged by subject and creatively voice American praise and condemnation of New Deal agencies, Hoover, the Supreme Court, Roosevelt's third term, and the approaching war in Europe. Paper edition (704-7), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780879727048
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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