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The Great Depression: America 1929-1941by Robert S Mcelvaine
Synopses & Reviews
One of the classic studies of the Great Depression, featuring a new introduction by the author with insights into the economic crises of 1929 and today.
In the twenty-five years since its publication, critics and scholars have praised historian Robert McElvaine’s sweeping and authoritative history of the Great Depression as one of the best and most readable studies of the era. Combining clear-eyed insight into the machinations of politicians and economists who struggled to revive the battered economy, personal stories from the average people who were hardest hit by an economic crisis beyond their control, and an evocative depiction of the popular culture of the decade, McElvaine paints an epic picture of an America brought to its knees—but also brought together by people’s widely shared plight.
In a new introduction, McElvaine draws striking parallels between the roots of the Great Depression and the economic meltdown that followed in the wake of the credit crisis of 2008. He also examines the resurgence of anti-regulation free market ideology, beginning in the Reagan era, and argues that some economists and politicians revised history and ignored the lessons of the Depression era.
Repackaged to tie-in to a forthcoming PBS series on the Great Depression scheduled to air in October, this perennially popular work is fully revised to include new scholarship published over the last eight years. One of the country's premier scholars on the subject, McElvaine is consulting historian to the PBS documentary. Photos throughout.
A perennial backlist performer.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 350-385) and index.
About the Author
ROBERT S. MCELVAINE is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of ten books and served as historical consultant for the PBS series The Great Depression. His writing appears frequently in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and he blogs on the Huffington Post.
Table of Contents
1 A job at Ford's (producer/writer/director, Jon Else) — 2 The road to rock bottom (prod/wr/dir. Terry Kay Rockefeller) — 3 New Deal, New York (prod/wr/dir. Dante J. James, co-wr. Steve Fayer) — 4 We have a plan (prod/wr/dir. Lyn Goldfarb, co-wr. Steve Fayer) — 5 Mean things happening (prod/wr/dir. Dante J. James, co-wr. Steve Fayer) — 6 To be somebody (prod/wr/dir. Stephen Stept) — 7 Arsenal of democracy (prod/wr/dir. Susan Bellows)
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