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The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945 - Harvey Green

The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945

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Published: 1st July 2000
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The era between the world wars, from the "roaring 20s" to the grim days of the Great Depression, was a time of tremendous change. The United States became an increasingly urban culture as people left their farms to seek work in the cities. Many blacks moved North to escape the violence and racism of a resurgent Ku Klux Klan in the South. And, while life became more comfortable for many Americans during this period, by 1941 only half the population enjoyed the modern conveniences we now take for granted. With improvements in technology and the rise of consumerism (spurred by the new "science" of advertising) the country was expanding in every direction. However, for many Americans, daily life was fraught with uncertainty. Jobs and wages were unpredictable, labor unrest was constant, and savings vanished in the stock market. In this vividly detailed narrative, Harvey Green recounts an era of unprecedented change in American culture and examines the impact of these uncertain times on such aspects of daily life as employment, home life, gender roles, education, religion, and recreation.

"The author . . . has filled his exceptionally readable work with minutiae of everyday life, from frozen foods to Superman comics, using these material things to illuminate broader aspects of American culture." --Deborah Hammer, The Library Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Work, Struggle, Intolerancep. 17
Office Work
Laborers
Struggles and Bias
Farming
Lumbering, Fishing, Mining
Working Women
Crashp. 71
The Crash
Roosevelt Triumphant
Houses and Homesp. 91
Housing, Ideal and Real
Farmers' Housing
The Suburbs and the City
Growing Up, Going Out, Getting Oldp. 119
Bearing and Raising Children
Finding a Mate; Youth Culture
Religion, Aging, Dying
Wars
The Healthy Table and the Healthy Homep. 155
Cooking
Reform
Influenza and the Cleanliness Crusade
Playingp. 187
The Radio Age
Reading
The Movies
Nightlife
Time Off
Sports
Epiloguep. 231
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781557285980
ISBN-10: 1557285985
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.13 x 14.12  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.37