The Great Depression (Eyewitness History (Hardcover))

The Great Depression (Eyewitness History (Hardcover))

David F Burg

Language: English

Pages: 444

ISBN: 0816057095

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


On October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday, the stock market crashed, catapulting the US into the Great Depression. With updated narratives and testimonies, this book provides firsthand accounts - including memoirs, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts - that illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them.

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Socialist movement must strive to eliminate the disproportion between our population and our area— viewing this latter as a source of food as well as a basis for power politics. . . . We must hold unflinchingly to our aim . . . to secure for the German people the land and soil to which they are entitled. Adolf Hitler, in Mein Kampf (1925). I looked up Hemingway. He is taking me to see Gertrude Stein tomorrow.This city is full of Americans . . . and they seem to be incapable of any sort of

Damrosch, conductor of the New York Symphony, was in its second year of introducing an audience of millions to classical music and the voices of such opera stars as Ernestine SchumannHeink and Rosa Ponselle. Among the most popular radio programs, however, were the variety show The Fleischmann Hour, with Rudy Vallee as host, and the Fateful Year on Wall Street 51 nightly comedy serial Amos ’n’ Andy, with Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll; both shows had been launched only the year before.

and the most frequent disturbances in their earnest course towa rd competent maturity in the discharge of their international obl i g a t i o n s . Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, speech presented in New York to the Council of Foreign Relations, February 6, 1931, quoted in U.S. Department of State, Latin American Series (1931). Several hundred men and women in an unemployed demonstration today stormed a grocery store and meat market in the Gateway district, smashed plate 92 The Great

Federal National Mortgage Association; and s t i mulating increases in exports through loans dispensed by the ExportImport Bank. In time, spending on public works would also have a positive impact on the economy. The First New Deal For at least one group of Americans, however, hopelessness prevailed. Blacks quickly discovered that they could expect no amelioration of their economic or social degradations from the New Deal. Despite some declarations of good intentions, Hoover had continued the

elections he called, the Nazis secured only 44 percent of the votes cast, but no matter: Supported by his National Socialist Party and the Catholic Center, Hitler obtained a parliamentary vote on March 23 granting him the power to pro mulgate law s . With that authority in his grasp, he began a relentless consolidation of his control over the army, the bu re a u c r a c y, and the separate German states. In April he authorized dismissal of Jewish officeholders and boycotts of Jewish merchants,

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