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Democracy in Desperation : The Depression of 1893 - Douglas Steeples

Democracy in Desperation

The Depression of 1893

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The Panic of 1893 and the depression it triggered mark one of the decisive crises in American history. Devastating broad sections of the country like a tidal wave, the depression forced the nation to change its way of life and altered the pattern and pace of national development ever after. The depression served as the setting for the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial society, exposed grave economic and social problems, sharply tested the country's resourcefulness, reshaped popular thought, and changed the direction of foreign policy. It was a crucible in which the elements of the modern United States were clarified and refined. Yet no study to date has examined the depression in its entirety. This is the first book to treat these disparate matters in detail, and to trace and interpret the business contraction of the 1890s in the context of national economic, political, and social development. Steeples and Whitten first explain the origins of the depression, measure its course, and interpret the business recovery, giving full coverage to structural changes in the economy; namely, the growing importance of manufacturing, emergence of new industries, consolidation of business, and increasing importance of finance capitalism. The remainder of the book examines the depression's impact on society-discussing, for example, unemployment, birth rate, health, and education-and on American culture, politics and international relations. Placing the business collapse at the center of the scene, the book shows how the depression was a catalyst for ushering in a more modern America.

"Advocate for American Enterprise is, in many respects, a rare book. Although written primarily for a scholarly audience whose interest in American development determines the success or failure of any such manuscript, the work can and will appeal to the general American public not so much because of William Dana himself, but rather because the author, Douglas Steeples, has done an outstanding job in presenting this nineteenth century businessman as a living, breathing and very opinionated individual. Not only does Steeples have a gift for writing, but he is particularly good at choosing words that convey not only the message he wants the reader to get, but also the feeling he as the author has in conveying that message. There is no doubt in this reviewer's mind that Advocates for American Enteprise will definitely make its presence felt within the American scholarly community as well as on the general American reading public upon its release."-Michael V. Namorato Department of History University of Mississippi

The Depression of 1893
The Panic in History Prologue to Panic Panic Hard Times
Profile of Depression, 1893-1897 Recovery
A New Economic Order Social Repercussions Contemporary Reactions--Issues and Opinion Economic Crisis and Culture Depression Politics The Government Response
Cleveland Administration The Government Response
McKinley Administration Epilogue Bibliography Index
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ISBN: 9780313279430
ISBN-10: 0313279438
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 24th September 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64