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Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940by David E. Kyvig
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During the 1920s and 1930s, changes in the American population, increasing urbanization, and innovations in technology exerted major influences on the daily lives of ordinary people. Explore how everyday living changed during these years when use of automobiles and home electrification first became commonplace, when radio emerged, and when cinema, with the addition of sound, became broadly popular. This enjoyable read brings the period clearly into focus.
"What were your grandparents doing in the 1920s and '30s? How did they spend their days and how were they affected by the popular culture? What were their work and domestic lives like? These are the questions Kyvig, a Bancroft Prize winner for Explicit and Authentic Acts and Northern Illinois University history professor, explores probingly in his new study. Kyvig covers everything from the development of the small pick-up truck to the spread of country and western music and shifting practices in religion and health care. He delineates how the mass production of cars changed people's buying habits with the introduction of credit, and how battery-powered radios meant rural folks could share the new mass culture with city dwellers. Kyvig also documents the massive impact — most of it negative — of Prohibition, a sign of the federal government's growing impact on people's lives, an impact greatly heightened by the New Deal. In the midst of his quite lucid and readable analysis, the author also touches on race, gender, class and the differences between rural and urban environments. In sum, Kyvig's book represents a penetrating information-packed portrait of Main Street, USA, during tumultuous times. 53 b&w photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Kyvig (history, Northern Illinois U.) describes how the uncommon events of the 1920s and 1930s changed the lives of the common people of America. The boom of the 1920s standardized much of America's new middle class, but at the fringes were poverty and a host of political and social movements. When the Great Depression hit, standardized middle class daily lives included the folding of the fringes into the center of American life, the shadow of destitution and war, and the combined hope and fear of a larger and more involved government.
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Discover what everyday life was like for ordinary Americans during the decades of development and depression in the 1920s and 1930s.
The twenties and thirties witnessed dramatic changes in American life: increasing urbanization, technological innovation, cultural upheaval, and economic disaster. In this fascinating book, the prize-winning historian David Kyvig describes everyday life in these decades, when automobiles and home electricity became commonplace, when radio and the movies became broadly popular.
In this fascinating book, David Kyvig describes everyday life in the 20s-40s decade, when automobiles and home electricity became commonplace, and radio and the movies became popular. The details of work life, domestic life, and leisure activities make engrossing reading and brings the era clearly into focus.
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