School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 9 Up-A collection of 21 speeches given between 1928 and 1939 by the likes of Herbert Hoover, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Huey Long, Will Rogers, Frances Perkins, John L. Lewis, Charles Coughlin, and others. The entries are well balanced and present a variety of viewpoints. Gerdes provides a helpful introduction and notes, and there is an extensive list for further research. The "Appendix of Biographies," however, is disappointingly incomplete (fewer than half of the entries give death dates) and has many errors and inconsistencies. Although The Great Depression is a worthy effort, students and teachers using document-based learning will be better served by Robert McElvaine's The Depression and New Deal: A History in Documents (Oxford, 2000). It is more comprehensive and more interesting, and includes not only speeches but also letters, congressional acts, memos, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, songs, and interviews. It is also well illustrated with photos and cartoons of the times. Greenhaven has published two other books on the topic, both called The Great Depression (1997, 2000) and edited by Don Nardo, and there is some overlap.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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