Great Depression: People and Perspectives, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1598840940
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840940
  • DDC: 338.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 275 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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With a 25 percent unemployment rate, the closure of 5,500 banks, and 32,000 business bankruptcies, the impact of the Great Depression was widespread and catastrophic. However, the impact on the day-to-day lives of ordinary Americans is the strongest indicator of the Depression's devastation.Who were the people waiting in the bread lines and living in Hoovervilles? Who were the migrants heading North and West? Did anyone survive the Depression relatively unscathed?

Giving a voice to stories often untold, Great Depression: People and Perspectives covers the full spectrum of American life, portraying the experiences of ordinary citizens during the worst economic crisis in the nation's history.

Great Depression shows how specific groups coped with the traumatic upheaval of the times, including rural Americans, women, children, African Americans, and immigrants. In addition, it offers revealing chapters on the conflict between social scientists and policymakers responding to the crisis, the impact of the Depression on the health of U.S. citizens, and the roles that American technology and Hollywood movies played in helping the nation survive.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected titles in ABC-CLIO's Perspectives in American Social History series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Introduction.
About the Editor and Contributors.
1: American Society and Culture in the Age of the Great Depression.
2: The Great Depression in the Countryside.
3: Coming of Age in the 1930s.
4: “Make Do or Do Without”: Women during the Great Depression.
5: Medicine and the Family in the 1930s.
6: Immigration in a Time of Depression: The United States, 1931–1940.
7: The Worst of Times: African Americans during the Great Depression.
8: The Scripts of Racial Segregation in New Deal America.
9: American Culture in the Age of the Great Depression.
10: The Role of the Group in New Deal Planning.
11: When Numbers Failed: Social Scientists, Modernity, and the New Cities of the 1920s and 1930s.
12: Spectacle, Symbol, Strain, and Showpiece: American Technology in the 1930s.
13: Hollywood Movies and the American Community.
14: Primary Documents.
15: Reference.