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The Great Depression: America 1929-1941by Robert S. McElvaine
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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.
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
Depicts a period when widespread poverty, hunger, and misery were assuaged by innovative public programs and the arts
One of the classic studies of the Great Depression, featuring a new introduction by the
Table of Contents
Historical Currents and the Great Depression; Who was Roaring in the Twenties? - Origins of the Great Depression; In the Right Place at the Wrong Time? - Herbert Hoover; Nature Takes Its Course:FDR; "And What Was Dead Was Hope": 1932 and the Interregnum; "Action, and Action Now": The Hundred Days and Beyond; "Fear Itself": Depression Life; Moral Economics: American Values and Culture in the Great Depression; Thunder on the Left: Rising Unrest, 1934-35; "I'm That Kind of Liberal Because I'm That Kind of Conservative": The Second New Deal; New Hickory: The WPA, the Election of 1936, and the Court Fight; The CIO and the Later New Deal; "Dr. New Deal" Runs Out of Medicine: The Last Years of the Depression, 1939-41; Perspective: The Great Depression and Modern America / The First Years of the Depression; The Lord of the Manor.
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