The American People in the Great Depression: Freedom from Fear, Part One

The American People in the Great Depression: Freedom from Fear, Part One

by David M. Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195168925

ISBN-13: 9780195168921

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press


On October 24, 1929, America met the greatest economic devastation it had ever known. In this first installment of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear, Kennedy tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of that unprecedented calamity.

Kennedy vividly demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s was more than a

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On October 24, 1929, America met the greatest economic devastation it had ever known. In this first installment of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear, Kennedy tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of that unprecedented calamity.

Kennedy vividly demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s was more than a reaction to the excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before the Crash, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, consuming capital and inflicting misery on city and countryside alike. Nor was the alleged prosperity of the 1920s as uniformly shared as legend portrays. Countless Americans eked out threadbare lives on the margins of national life.

Roosevelt's New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. With an even hand Kennedy details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as its achievements. He also sheds fresh light on its incandescent but enigmatic author, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Marshalling unforgettable narratives that feature prominent leaders as well as lesser-known citizens, The American People in the Great Depression tells the story of a resilient nation finding courage in an unrelenting storm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195168921
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Oxford History of the United States Ser.
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
697,399
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Editor's Introductionxvii
Abbreviated Titles Used in Citationsxxi
Prologue: November 11, 19181
1.The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression10
2.Panic43
3.The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover70
4.Interregnum104
5.The Hundred Days131
6.The Ordeal of the American People160
7.Chasing the Phantom of Recovery190
8.The Rumble of Discontent218
9.A Season for Reform249
10.Strike!288
11.The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt323
12.What the New Deal Did363
13.The Gathering Storm381
Bibliographical Essay427
Index435

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