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Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940 : How Americans Lived Through the

Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940

How Americans Lived Through the "Roaring Twenties" and the Great Depression

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9781566635844
Number Of Pages: 350

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The twenties and thirties witnessed dramatic changes in American life: increasing urbanization, technological innovation, cultural upheaval, and economic disaster. In this fascinating book, the prize-winning historian David E. Kyvig describes everyday life in these decades, when automobiles and home electricity became commonplace, when radio and the movies became broadly popular.

Kyvig-a respected historian . . . writes in an agreeably lucid style . . . about subjects that should be of immediate interest to all readers. * The Review of Higher Education *
Kyvig regularly comes up with illuminating details . . . and new ways of thinking about familiar subjects. . . . This is an unusually satisfying book. * Atlantic Monthly *
The details of work life, domestic life, and leisure activities make engrossing reading . . . on a level we can all understand. * Walla Walla Union Bulletin *
This enjoyable read brings the period clearly into focus. * Forbes *
Virtually encyclopedic in its coverage of a vast array of topics, yet it manages to be readable and engaging. -- Ronald E. Butchart * University Of Georgia *
David Kyvig's Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940 is an excellent social history which examines how 'ordinary people' reacted to the massive changes during what have been called the 'prosperity' and 'depression' decades. -- Roger Daniels, University of Cincinnati
Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940 is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the origins of contemporary America. -- William L. O'Neill, Professor of History, Rutgers University; author of Coming Apart
In the midst of his quite lucid and readable analysis, the author also touches on race, gender, class and the differences between rural and urban environments. In sum, Kyvig's book represents a penetrating information-packed portrait of Main Street USA, during tumultuous times. * Publishers Weekly *
Stands strong on a bedrock of solid research and clear writing. * Library Journal *
A happy marriage of political and social history. -- William E. Leuchtenburg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of The Supreme Court Reborn
An excellent popular approach to an important subject by a well respected historian. -- G. Wesley Johnson, Brigham Young University

Prefacep. vii
The Circumstances of American Life in 1920p. 3
Automobiles and the Construction of Daily Lifep. 27
Electricity and the Conditions of Daily Lifep. 53
Radio and the Connecting of Daily Livesp. 71
Cinema and the Extension of Experiencep. 91
Carrying on Day by Day: Life's Basicsp. 106
Carrying on Year by Year: Making a Lifep. 131
Conflict, Crime, and Catastrophe: The Disruptions of Daily Lifep. 163
Culture for the Masses: The Standardizing of Daily Lifep. 187
Crisis: The Impact of the Great Depressionp. 209
Creating the New Deal: A Larger Role for Government in Daily Lifep. 231
Continuity and Change: American Communities at the End of the 1930sp. 257
Notesp. 301
For Further Readingp. 305
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9781566635844
ISBN-10: 1566635845
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45