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

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The Great Depression was one of the most traumatic events of recent American history. Although this period has been studied extensively, one rich source of material has remained virtually untouched. In this study 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 ...
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Overview

The Great Depression was one of the most traumatic events of recent American history. Although this period has been studied extensively, one rich source of material has remained virtually untouched. In this study 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879727048
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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