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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the Great Depression.


Six Superlative Sources

· The Great Depression. PBS Video, 1993. Seven videocassettes, 57 min. each: "The Road to Rock Bottom"; "New Deal, New York"; "We Have a Plan"; "Mean Things Happening"; "To Be Somebody"; "Arsenal of Democracy."

· Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. Oxford University Press, 2001.

· New Deal Network. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI).

· Steinbeck, John (author), Nunnally Johnson (scripwriter), and John Ford (director). Grapes of Wrath. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 1940.

· Terkel, Studs, ed. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression. W.W. Norton, 2000.

· 20th Century History by the Decades: 1930-1939. Chico, California, High School Library.

Other Excellent Sources


· Burns, Richard, ed. Herbert Hoover: A Bibliography of His Times and Presidency. Scholarly Resources, 1991.

· Ciment, James, ed. Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal. 2 vols. M.E. Sharpe Reference, 2001.

· Graham, Otis, Jr., ed. Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times: An Encyclopedic View. Da Capo Press, 1990.

· Kyvig, David, ed. New Day, New Deal: A Bibliography of the Great American Depression, 1929-1941. Greenwood Press, 1988.

· McElvaine, Robert S., ed. Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. MacMillan, 2003.

· O'Brien, Patrick G., ed. Herbert Hoover: A Bibliography. Greenwood Press, 1993.

· Olson, James S., ed. Historical Dictionary of the New Deal. Greenwood Press, 1985.


· McElvaine, Robert S., ed. Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the Forgotten Man. University of North Carolina Press, 1983.

· Nishi, Dennis, ed. The Great Depression. Greenhaven Press, 2001.

· Zinn, Howard, ed. New Deal Thought. Hackett Publishing, 2003.

-- TEXTS --

· Conkin, Paul. The New Deal. Harlan Davidson, 1992.

· Leuchtenburg, William Edward. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940. Harper and Row, 1963.


· Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, 1882-1940. Harcourt, Brace, 2002.

· Hoff, Joan, and Marjorie Lightman. Without Precedent: The Life and Career of Eleanor Roosevelt. Indiana University Press, 1987.

· Hoff Wilson, Joan. Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive. Waveland Press, 1992.

· Holt, Rackham. Mary McLeod Bethune: A Biography. Doubledaya, 1964.

· Schwarz, Jordan A. The New Dealers: Power Politics in the Age of Roosevelt. Vintage, 1994.


· Best, Gary Dean. Pride, Prejudice, and Politics Roosevelt versus Recovery, 1933-1938. Praeger, 1990.

· Fraser, Steve, and Gary Gerstle, eds. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980. Princeton University Press, 1990.

· Hawley, Ellis W. The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly: A Study in Economic Ambivalence. Fordham University Press, 1995.

· Higgs, Robert. "Regime Uncertainty: Why the Great Depression Lasted So Long and Why Prosperity Resumed after the War." The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy, 1, no. 4 (1997).

· Marchand, Roland. Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940. University of California Press, 1986.


· Billingsley, Lloyd. Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s. Forum, 1998.

· Cochran, Bert. Labor and Communism: The Conflict That Shaped American Unions. Princeton University Press, 1979.

· Naison, Mark. Communists in Harlem during the Depression. University of Illinois Press, 2004.


· Beito, David T. Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression. University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

· Choate, Jean. Disputed Ground: Farm Groups That Opposed the New Deal Agricultural Program. McFarland, 2002.

· Patterson, James T. Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933-1939. Greenwood Press, 1981.


· Best, Gary Dean. The Nickel and Dime Decade: American Popular Culture during the 1930s. Praeger, 1993.


· Bergman, Andrew. We're in the Money: Depression America and Its Films. Ivan R. Dee, 1992.

· Billingsley, Lloyd. Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s. Forum, 1998.


· Swados, Harvey, ed. The American Writer and the Great Depression. Bobbs-Merrill, 1966.


· Brinkley, Alan. Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. Vintage, 1983.


· Gregory, James N. American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California. Oxford University Press, 1991.

· Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. Oxford University Press, 1982.


· Best, Gary Dean. Peddling Panaceas: Popular Economists in the New Deal Era. Transaction Publishers, 2005.

· Fearon, Peter. War, Prosperity, and Depression: The United States Economy, 1917-1945. P. Allan, 1987.

· Heilbroner, Robert L. "The Heresies of John Maynard Keynes." The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers, Chapter 9. Touchstone, 1999.

· Rothbard, Murray. America's Great Depression Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 2000.

· Stein, Herbert. Presidential Economics: The Making of Economic Policy from Roosevelt to Clinton. American Enterprpise Institute Press, 1994.


· Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash, 1929. Mariner Books, 1997.

· Klein, Maury. "The Stock Market Crash of 1929: A Review Article." Business History Review 75 (Summer 2001): 325-52.


· Freidel, Frank, et al. The New Deal and the South. University Press of Mississippi, 1984.

· Lowitt, Richard. The New Deal and the West. University of Oklahoma, 1993.

· Patterson, James T. The New Deal and the States: Federalism in Transition. Princeton University Press, 1969.


· Choate, Jean. Disputed Ground: Farm Groups That Opposed the New Deal Agricultural Program. McFarland, 2002.

· Saloutos, Theodore. The American Farmer and the New Deal. Iowa State University Press, 1982.


· Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword. Oxford University Press, 1979, 1995.

-- HOOVER --

· Hoff Wilson, Joan. Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive. Waveland Press, 1992.

· Hoover, Herbert. The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover. Garland, 1979.


· Taylor, Graham D. The New Deal and American Indian Tribalism: The Administration of the Indian Reorganization Act, 1934-45. University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

-- LABOR --

· Bernstein, Irving. A Caring Society: The New Deal, the Worker, and the Great Depression: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941. Houghton Mifflin, 1985.

· Cochran, Bert. Labor and Communism: The Conflict That Shaped American Unions. Princeton University Press, 1979.


· Best, Gary Dean. The Critical Press and the New Deal: The Press versus Presidential Power, 1933-1938. Praeger, 1993.


· Allswang, John M. The New Deal and American Politics: A Study in Political Change. Critical Episodes in American Politics. John Wiley and Sons, 1978.

· Leuchtenburg, William E. In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to George W. Bush. Cornell University Press, 2001.

· Leuchtenburg, William E. "The New Deal and the Analogue of War." Change and Continuity in Twentieth-Century America, John Braeman, Robert H. Bremner, and Everett Walters, eds, pp. 81-143. Ohio State University Press, 1964.

· Sitkoff, Harvard. Fifty Years Later: The New Deal Evaluated. McGraw-Hill, 1984.


· Clark, Norman H. Deliver Us from Evil: An Interpretation of American Prohibition. Norton, 1976.

-- RACE --

· Hoffman, Abraham. Unwanted Mexican Americans in the Great Depression: Repatriation Pressures, 1929-1939. University of Arizona Press, 1974.

· Sitkoff, Harvard. A New Deal for Blacks: The Emergence of Civil Rights as a National Issue: The Depression Decade. Oxford University Press, 1981.

· Weiss, Nancy J. Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR. Princeton University Press, 1983.


· Flynn, George Q. American Catholics and the Roosevelt Presidency, 1932-1936. University of Kentucky Press, 1968.

· Scholnick, Myron I. The New Deal and Anti-Semitism in America. Taylor and Francis, 1991.


· Holtzman, Abraham. The Townsend Movement: A Political Study. Octagon Books, 1975.


· Bean, Jonathan J. Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies toward Small Business, 1936-1961. University of North Carolina Press, 1996.


· Warren, Frank A. An Alternative Vision: The Socialist Party in the 1930's. Indiana University Press, 1974.

-- WOMEN --

· Ware, Susan. Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s. MacMillan, 1984.

-- YOUTH --

· Reiman, Richard A. The New Deal and American Youth: Ideas and Ideals in a Depression Decade. University of Georgia Press, 1992.

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