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The Resource Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945, David M. Kennedy

Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945, David M. Kennedy

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Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945
Title
Freedom from fear
Title remainder
the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945
Statement of responsibility
David M. Kennedy
Title variation
American people in depression and war, 1929-1945
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. In a single volume the author tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. He 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 inflicting misery 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. The author details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as its achievements. Yet, even as the New Deal was coping with the Depression, a new menace was developing abroad. Exploiting Germany's own economic burdens, Hitler reached out the disaffected, turning their aimless discontent into loyal support for the Nazi Party. In Asia, Japan harbored imperial ambitions of its own. The same generation of Americans who battled the Depression eventually had to shoulder arms in another conflict that wreaked worldwide destruction, ushered in the nuclear age, and forever changed their way of life and their country's relationship to the rest of the world. In the second installment of the chronicle, the author explains how the nation agonized over its role in the conflict, how it fought the war, and why the U.S. emerged victorious, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic. The author analyes the determinants of American stategy, the painful choices faced by commanders and statesmen, and the agonies inflicted on the milllions of ordinary Americans who were compelled to swallow their fears and face battle as best they could
  • Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. In a single volume the author tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. He 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 inflicting misery 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. The author details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as its achievements. Yet, even as the New Deal was coping with the Depression, a new menace was developing abroad. Exploiting Germany's own economic burdens, Hitler reached out the disaffected, turning their aimless discontent into loyal support for the Nazi Party. In Asia, Japan harbored imperial ambitions of its own. The same generation of Americans who battled the Depression eventually had to shoulder arms in another conflict that wreaked worldwide destruction, ushered in the nuclear age, and forever changed their way of life and their country's relationship to the rest of the world. In the second installment of the chronicle, the author explains how the nation agonized over its role in the conflict, how it fought the war, and why the U.S. emerged victorious, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic. The author analyses the determinants of American strategy, the painful choices faced by commanders and statesmen, and the agonies inflicted on the millions of ordinary Americans who were compelled to swallow their fears and face battle as best they could
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Awards note
  • Pulitzer Prize, History, 2000.
  • Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize, 2000.
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kennedy, David M
Dewey number
973.91
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E173
LC item number
.O94 vol. 9
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Oxford history of the United States
Series volume
v. 9
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • Depressions
  • New Deal, 1933-1939
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945, David M. Kennedy
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 859-871) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression -- Panic -- The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover -- Interregnum -- The Hundred Days -- The Ordeal of the American People -- Chasing the Phantom of Recovery -- The Rumble of Discontent -- A Season for Reform -- Strike! -- The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt -- What the New Deal Did -- The Gathering Storm -- The Agony of Neutrality -- To the Brink -- War in the Pacific -- Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance -- The War of Machines -- The Struggle for a Second Front -- The Battle for Northwest Europe -- The Cauldron of the Home Front -- Endgame -- The World the War Made
Control code
ocm40255850
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 936 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195144031
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
98049580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 531205
  • (OCoLC)40255850
Label
Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945, David M. Kennedy
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 859-871) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression -- Panic -- The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover -- Interregnum -- The Hundred Days -- The Ordeal of the American People -- Chasing the Phantom of Recovery -- The Rumble of Discontent -- A Season for Reform -- Strike! -- The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt -- What the New Deal Did -- The Gathering Storm -- The Agony of Neutrality -- To the Brink -- War in the Pacific -- Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance -- The War of Machines -- The Struggle for a Second Front -- The Battle for Northwest Europe -- The Cauldron of the Home Front -- Endgame -- The World the War Made
Control code
ocm40255850
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 936 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195144031
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
98049580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 531205
  • (OCoLC)40255850

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