Baker & Taylor
Compiles a history of the Great Depression, including the events that led up to it and the New Deal that followed, with chronologies, personal narratives, and documents.
In this update of the 1996 edition, a freelance scholar presents a well-referenced volume on a pivotal period in US and world history. In a volume with many eyewitness accounts, capsule biographies of key figures, poignant period photos, and a new appendix of statistical tables and figures on employment and other trends during the Great Depression, he traces factors leading to the 1929 stock market crash to the economic upswing triggered by World War II . Excerpts from two dozen relevant documents, including President Hoover's and Roosevelt's State of the Union addresses, and the Social Security Act (1935), are included. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Facts on File
On October 29, 1929, better known as Black Tuesday, the stock market crashed, abruptly ending a decade of prosperity and catapulting the United States into the Great Depression, arguably the worst economic crisis the country has ever experienced. During the years that followed, until U.S. entry into World War II in 1941, unemployment was at an all-time high, hundreds of banks foreclosed, and a sense of hopelessness pervaded the nation. It was only when America was drawn into the war that the United States finally emerged from the Great Depression.
With updated narratives and testimonies, The Great Depression, Updated Edition provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period-including memoirs, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts-that illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Huey Long, Lionel Robbins (who coined the term "The Great Depression"), and hundreds more. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. This updated edition includes 22 new photographs, a new appendix with 10 graphs, and a revised introduction, as well as relevant documents, capsule biographies of more than 200 key figures, and much more.