Detailed and filled with primary sources, this account examines a period in American history of unparalleled hardship: the Great Depression. Beginning with an exploration of the Roaring Twenties, in which the appetite for the consumption of goods and for the good life was a primary focus of many, it also looks at the warning signs that went largely unheeded as well as the Crash of 1929, the Hoover administration’s difficulties, Roosevelt’s election, and his New Deal. In addition, this comprehensive history not only discusses the Great Depression’s legacy—such as the political and social effects on present day American society—but also includes numerous biographies of individuals who were noteworthy during the era.
About the Author
Kevin Hillstrom is an independent scholar and the author of numerous books on American history, politics, and environmental issues, including The Cold War, Defining Moments: Workers Unite!, and The Industrial Revolution. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.