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Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941 (Norton Twentieth Century America)

 
 
 
 
Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941 (Norton Twentieth Century America)
Author: Michael E. Parrish
ISBN 13: 9780393311341
ISBN 10: 393311341
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1994-04-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $27.95
 
 

"Impressively detailed. . . . An authoritative and epic overview."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

Tucked between the two world wars, the 1920s and 1930s, like the 1890s and 1960s, were pivotal in U.S. social history. In this impressively detailed chronicle, Parrish ( Felix Frankfurter and His Times ) depicts the '20s as a decade of booming economy and free-wheeling gratification (despite Prohibition) with newly available autos, radio, movies, jazz clubs and big-time sports. The nation followed the heroic accomplishments of Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, Helen Wills and Amelia Earhart. The '30s brought the Great Depression of closed banks, idle shops and factories, farm foreclosures, bread lines, soup kitchens, and financial chicanery unveiled; FDR's New Deal upended traditional government to save a country afflicted with 30% unemployment. Describing in depth such salient events as the 1930 stock market crash, Parrish maintains an authoritative and epic overview. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.)