Hard Times: Economic Depressions in America

Hard Times: Economic Depressions in America

by Richard Striner


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Hard Times presents a comprehensive account of economic depressions in America, from colonial times to the “great recession” that began in 2008. Written in crisp prose for a general audience, the book synthesizes a narrative account—presenting the known facts about how particular depressions started, the effects upon people in different walks of life, the policy debates about what (if anything) to do in order to ameliorate the situation, and how these depressions ended—with analytical commentary on the economic patterns underlying and transcending depressions and the debates among economists and policymakers in regard to their causes. While these economic downturns have created suffering and hardship, Striner also conveys how Americans have always endured and rebounded from hard times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442253230
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: American Ways Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Striner is professor of history at Washington College and the author of Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden too Great to Bear (2014) and Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power (2010), a History Book Club selection, as well as Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (2006).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Hard Times from Colonial to Postrevolutionary America
Chapter 2: Hard Times and the Financial Panics of 1819 and 1837
Chapter 3: The Panics of 1873 and 1893–And Hard Times in Between
Chapter 4: Depressions and Policy Disputes in America, Circa 1720–1928
Chapter 5: The Onset of the Great Depression
Chapter 6: The Early New Deal and the Depression
Chapter 7: 1934–A Year of Fear and Rage in America
Chapter 8: The Politics of Class Conflict During 1935 and 1936
Chapter 9: Recovery and Recession, 1937–1939
Chapter 10: The Great Depression and American Culture in the 1930s
Chapter 11: How the Great Depression Ended: The Keynesian School of Thought
Chapter 12: The Revolt Against Keynes
Chapter 13: The Great Recession

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