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The New Deal : America's response to the Great Depression / Ronald Edsforth.

By: Edsforth, Ronald, 1948-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Problems in American history: Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 2000Description: 324 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 1577181425 (hb : alk. paper); 9781577181422 (hb : alk. paper); 1577181433 (pb : alk. paper); 9781577181439 (pb : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- 1933-1945 | United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945 | United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945 | New Deal, 1933-1939 | Depressions -- 1929 -- United States | Estados Unidos de América Historia Gran Depresión, 1933-1945 | Estados Unidos de América Condiciones económicas 1918-1945 | Estados Unidos de América Condiciones sociales 1918-1945DDC classification: 973.917 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
From new era prosperity to a world in depression -- The politics of the Great Depression -- Why the old deal failed -- America impoverished -- Out of disorder, a New Deal -- A New Deal in one hundred days -- The problem of recovery -- Reconstructing capitalism -- Mass movements and the New Deal liberalism -- The second New Deal -- The end of the New Deal.
Review: "In this volume, Ronald Edsforth presents a fresh synthesis of the most critical years in twentieth-century American history. The book describes the collapse of American capitalism in the early 1930s, and the subsequent remaking of the U.S. economy during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. Edsforth places the New Deal in the context of its own time, as a response to both the failed policies of the Hoover years and the rise of fascism overseas. Students and general readers alike will understand and appreciate the swift and effective actions of the Roosevelt administration that reversed the Depression and alleviated human suffering. With notable clarity, Edsforth shows how New Deal reforms created greater economic security and fostered movements for social justice."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

From new era prosperity to a world in depression -- The politics of the Great Depression -- Why the old deal failed -- America impoverished -- Out of disorder, a New Deal -- A New Deal in one hundred days -- The problem of recovery -- Reconstructing capitalism -- Mass movements and the New Deal liberalism -- The second New Deal -- The end of the New Deal.

"In this volume, Ronald Edsforth presents a fresh synthesis of the most critical years in twentieth-century American history. The book describes the collapse of American capitalism in the early 1930s, and the subsequent remaking of the U.S. economy during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. Edsforth places the New Deal in the context of its own time, as a response to both the failed policies of the Hoover years and the rise of fascism overseas. Students and general readers alike will understand and appreciate the swift and effective actions of the Roosevelt administration that reversed the Depression and alleviated human suffering. With notable clarity, Edsforth shows how New Deal reforms created greater economic security and fostered movements for social justice."--BOOK JACKET.

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Edsforth has written an excellent one-volume study of the New Deal that will be useful for college students and general readers. Franklin Roosevelt promised a "new deal" to the American people during his presidential campaign in 1932, and the voters elected him over the hapless Herbert Hoover, increasingly seen by many Americans as ineffective and out of touch with the economic reality of the Great Depression. That election gave Roosevelt the opportunity to restructure capitalism and revolutionize the relationship between the people and the government. Edsforth begins with an explanation of why the country slid into the Depression and then relates how the New Deal emerged out of the resulting economic chaos, how the second New Deal developed, and finally, how the New Deal ended amid the international chaos of WW II. He also includes a useful appendix--"A Partial Chronology of Civil Unrest and Financial Panic, the Winter of 1932-33"--that will help even the casual reader understand the condition of the country when Roosevelt was inaugurated. All levels. J. P. Sanson; Louisiana State University at Alexandria

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Ronald W. Edsforth is Visiting Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He has served as Chief Historical Consultant on the PBS documentary America on Wheels, and is the author of Class Conflict and Cultural Consensus: The Making of a Mass Consumer Society in Flint, (Michigan, 1986). His other publications include Popular Culture and Political Change in Modern America (ed., with Larry Bennett, 1991), and Autowork (ed., with Robert Asher, 1995).

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