The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America / Edition 1

The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America / Edition 1

by T. H. Watkins
     
 

It was the worst of times and the best of times. It was an era of unprecedented crisis and a time of unprecedented courage. In a single, comprehensive volume, The Hungry Years tells the story of the Great Depression through the eyes of the people who lived it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary

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It was the worst of times and the best of times. It was an era of unprecedented crisis and a time of unprecedented courage. In a single, comprehensive volume, The Hungry Years tells the story of the Great Depression through the eyes of the people who lived it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary people at the grassroots across America, it draws on little-known oral histories, memoirs, local press, and scholarly monographs to capture the voices of men and women in a time of extreme crisis. The result is a richly detailed narrative that traces the stages of the disaster chronologically without losing touch with the personal wounds it inflicted or the ways in which people responded.

Humane and compassionate, brilliantly researched, full of story and anecdote, The Hungry Years puts the reader at the very heart of the maelstrom that was the American depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805065060
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,095,854
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.35(d)

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Meet the Author

The author of numerous books, T.H. Watkins was perhaps best-known as the author of Righteous Pilgrim, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in 2000. At the time of his death he was Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University.

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Prelude: Careening Down Main Street, 19293
Part IIn the Crucible
1.Boundaries of Havoc37
2.The Graveyard of Hope53
3.The Dance of Self-Reliance73
4."The Long Slow-Match of Destiny"104
5.Making Ashes of Loyalty131
Part IIHolding Up the Walls
6.The Present Instrument of Their Wishes145
7.A Scuffling Pageant of Relief157
8.The Scream of the Eagle184
9."The President Wants You to Organize!"210
10.Freedom's Fire224
11.The Machinery of Pride242
12.Another Form of Hunger273
13.The Lions of Labor295
Part IIIThe Ploughland Curve
14.Revolt in the Heartland339
15.Further Down the Country363
16.!Huelga!392
17.An Evil in the Season421
18.A Perfect Laboratory460
Postlude: Dismantling the Dream, 1939489
A Note on Statistics and Money521
Sources523
Acknowledgments557
Index559

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