Progressivism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal: 1901-1941

Progressivism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal: 1901-1941

by Christopher Collier
     
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
Progressivism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal emphasizes economic trends and the role of the government in regard to the economy from the beginning of the twentieth century to America's entry into World War II. The authors discuss the boom of the 1920s, the crash of 1929, the ensuing Depression, and the country's response. Franklin D. Roosevelt's "hundred days" and programs such as the WPA are examined in detail. The text is enhanced with maps, charts, photographs, and images of historic art.

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Children's Literature
American democracy has consistently demonstrated a strain of reformism. As a nation with its share of social injustice, there has been a consistent trend toward social self-assessment. At the turn of the twentieth century, farmers and some urban dwellers merged to form the Populist or Progressive movement. Their efforts helped shed light on the plight of rural poor, factory workers and child laborers. It is the brave efforts of these crusaders that mark the jumping off point for this link in "The Drama of American History" series. Besides chronicling the reform efforts of the "Muckrakers" and other Progressives, the authors ably describe America in the early part of the last century. The gaudy moments of the "Roaring Twenties" established a belief that Americans would always enjoy prosperity. Unfortunately, those dreams came crashing down in 1929 when an over extended Wall Street fell apart. What followed was more than a decade of unemployment, uprooting and suffering, on a nation-wide scale not previously experienced in America. While unemployed workers stood on street corners willing to barter a day's labor for food, farmers were fleeing bank foreclosures and the effects of the Dust Bowl. Not until Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president and instituted the New Deal did relief come. Perhaps only the Civil War marked Americans more than the Great Depression. The important story of this saddening yet significant historical epoch and the people who experienced it is well told in this solid, illustrated text. 2001, Benchmark Books, $20.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645277
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/09/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #19
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
444,458
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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