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The New Deal and American Society, 1933–1941

ISBN 9780367489052
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

The New Deal and American Society, 1933–1941 explores what some have labeled the third American revolution, in one concise and accessible volume.

This book examines the emergence of modern America, beginning with the 100 Days legislation in 1933 through to the second New Deal era that began in 1935. This revolutionary period introduced sweeping social and economic legislation designed to provide the American people with a sense of hope while at the same time creating regulations designed to safeguard against future depressions. It was not without critics or failures, but even these proved significant in the ongoing discussions concerning the idea of federal power, social inclusion, and civil rights. Uncertainties concerning aggressive, nationalistic states like Italy, Germany, and Japan shifted the focus of FDR's administration, but the events of World War II solidified the ideas and policies begun during the 1930s, especially as they related to the welfare state. The legacy of the New Deal would resonate well into the current century through programs like Social Security, unemployment compensation, workers' rights, and the belief that the federal government is responsible for the economic well-being of its citizenry. The volume includes many primary documents to help situate students and bring this era to life.

The text will be of interest to students of American history, economic and social history, and, more broadly, courses that engage social change and economic upheaval.

Table of Contents

Part I: The New Deal  1. The New Era and the fate of the nation, 1929–1933  2. FDR’s 100 Days and the transformation of America, 1933–5  3. The second New Deal and the rise of the welfare state, 1935–9  4. Challenges to the New Deal and World War II  5. Memory, popular culture, and the New Deal  Part II: Documents

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Kenneth J. Bindas is Professor of History at Kent State University, USA. His books include Modernity and the Great Depression: The Transformation of American Society, 19301941 (2017) and The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 19331939 (2013).