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The Human Tradition in America between the Wars, 1920-1945 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
American society in the years from 1920 to 1945 experienced great transformation and upheaval. Significant changes in the role of government, in the nation's world outlook, in the economy, in technology, and in the social order challenged those who lived in this tumultuous period framed by the two world wars. This transformation lies at the core of this collection of biographical essays. Each individual in his or her own way grappled with the difficulties of the times. Some of those included here were well known in their day and afterwards, but many led lives now obscured by the passage of time. In these essays are men and women, African-Americans, Hispanics, whites, and Native Americans from all regions of the country. Written by leading and rising scholars, these never-before-published pieces provide students with a greater understanding of a period that in many ways represents an important last chapter in the creation of modern America. Providing a rich portrait through biography of the interwar years, The Human Tradition in America between the Wars is an excellent text for the following courses: Twentieth Century American History to 1945, American history survey, the Depression and the New Deal, and American social and cultural history.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A.J. Muste: Portrait of a Twentieth-Century Pacifist Chapter 3 Zora Neale Hurston: Folklorist and Storyteller Chapter 4 Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman Chapter 5 Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues Chapter 6 William Lewis Paul: Tlingit Advocate Chapter 7 Marshall Keeble: An African-American Evangelist Faces Prejudice Chapter 8 Elaine Goodale Eastman: Author and Indian Reformer Chapter 9 Dennis Chavez: The Last of the "Patrones" Chapter 10 Frances Perkins: Always Working for Labor Chapter 11 Meridel Le Sueur: A Voice for Working-Class Women Chapter 12 Gerald L. K. Smith: Political Activist, Candidate, and Preacher of Hate Chapter 13 Emma Tenayuca: Labor and Civil Rights Organizer of 1930s San Antonio Chapter 14 Henry S. Aurand: Student, Teacher, and Practitioner of U.S. Army Logistics Chapter 15 Oveta Culp Hobby: Director of the Wartime Women's Army Corps Chapter 16 Ernie Pyle: From a "Worm's-Eye View" Chapter 17 Index
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The Human Tradition in America between the Wars, 1920-1945 is a masterpiece.
Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. Chair, History Department, and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History Midwestern State University
Written in simple, eloquent language, and intellectually honest, these character portraits help illuminate the human condition by linking the microcosm to the macrocosm.
Glen Jeansonne Professor of History University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of Transformation and Reaction: America, 1921-1945