The American People in the Great Depression: Freedom from Fear, Part One

Paperback | October 23, 2003

byDavid M. Kennedy

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On October 24, 1929, America met the greatest economic devastation it had ever known. In this first installment of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear, Kennedy tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of that unprecedented calamity. Kennedy vividly demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s was more than a reaction to the excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before the Crash, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, consuming capital and inflictingmisery on city and countryside alike. Nor was the alleged prosperity of the 1920s as uniformly shared as legend portrays. Countless Americans eked out threadbare lives on the margins of national life. Roosevelt's New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. With an even hand Kennedy details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as itsachievements. He also sheds fresh light on its incandescent but enigmatic author, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Marshalling unforgettable narratives that feature prominent leaders as well as lesser-known citizens, The American People in the Great Depression tells the story of a resilient nation finding courage in an unrelenting storm.

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On October 24, 1929, America met the greatest economic devastation it had ever known. In this first installment of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear, Kennedy tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of that unprecedented calamity. Kennedy vividly demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s...

David M. Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. He is also the author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Birth Contro...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 23, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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MapsAcknowledgmentsEditor's IntroductionAbbreviated Titles Used in CitationsPrologue: November 11, 19181. The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression2. Panic3. The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover4. Interregnum5. The Hundred Days6. The Ordeal of the American People7. Chasing the Phantom of Recovery8. The Rumble of Discontent9. A Season for Reform10. Strike!11. The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt12. What the New Deal Did13. The Gathering Storm14. The Agony of Neutrality15. To the Brink16. War in the Pacific17. Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance18. The War of Machines19. The Struggle for a Second Front20. The Battle for Northwest Europe21. The Cauldron of the Home Front22. EndgameEpilogue: The World the War MadeBibliographical EssayIndex

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