The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1949

The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1949

by Facts On File, Incorporated




Two major historical events dominated the period from 1929 to 1949: the Great Depression and World War II. When the U.S. stock market crashed in October 1929, economic hardship struck many Americans. Over the next 10 years, the economy fell into a deep depression, alleviated only by vast government expenditures on wartime materials manufacturing when the United States entered World War II in 1941. America's social and cultural life underwent profound changes during this period, with women and minorities finding new opportunities as a consequence of the war. Great strides were also made in science and technology. Most significantly, the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would change the practice of warfare and international diplomatic relations forever, leading to the arms and space races, known as the cold war, with the Soviet Union.

Aligned with the national high school history standards, the new Handbook to Life in America set offers students, researchers, and general readers a fascinating glimpse into the social history of the nation. While most American history sources focus mainly on national events and historic figures, this comprehensive new set delves into the way ordinary Americans lived. Each of the nine volumes examines a single time period in American history and presents a remarkable array of valuable information gathered by historians, archaeologists, scientists, and other scholars. Covering everything from the foods people ate and how they dressed to entertainment and popular pastimes, the text in each volume is written in a narrative format, with topics that include family and daily life, social attitudes, religion, education,entertainment and sports, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816071807
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Handbook to Life in America Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Family and Daily Life 15

3 Material Culture 33

4 Social Attitudes 47

5 Cities and Urban Life 63

6 Rural Life 75

7 Religion 93

8 Education 107

9 Science and Technology 119

10 Entertainment and Sports 135

11 Crime and Violence 151

12 Labor and Employment 165

13 Military and Wars 185

14 Population Trends and Migration 205

15 Transportation 219

16 Public Health, Medicine, and Nutrition 235

Index 251

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