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The Great Depression  

This LibGuide will list books, websites and other sources covering the years from 1929 to 1941, a period of severe economic hardship for many Americans
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Personal Stories from the Depression

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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression - Studs Terkel
Call Number: E806 .T45 2000
ISBN: 1565846567
Publication Date: 2000


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For about ten years after World War One, most Americans enjoyed prosperity and felt a boundless sense of optimism.   While these good times were not shared by everyone ( farmers for example), most Americans believed that the "Roaring Twenties" would never end.  Many people invested in the stock market, buying shares of stock on margin (borrowing money from a broker to purchase the stock).   In many ways the prosperity was built on a house of cards, sure to collapse sooner or later.   The collapse came on October 29, 1929, when the stock market crashed.  The market actually rebounded for a time, but  banks that had heavily invested in the market began to fail.   Panic soon spread among investors and over time, the market lost a great deal of its value.   Industrial production slowed, unemployment rose and workers lost their homes.  Farmers went bankrupt.  The despair grew as the state and especially federal government seemed powerless to stop the economic slide.

The PCCC Library has a number of books on the Great Depression.   Most of them are classified under the call numbers E801 and E806.   Some examples are : "The Great Depression: Great Speeches in History" ( E806.G825 2002),  "The Great Depression: Turning Points in World History" (HB 3717 1929.G686 2000), "Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression" ( E806.T46 2000) and "For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930's" (E806 .H293 2004).

Reference works include:  "The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Thematic Encyclopedia" (Ref E801.G74 2000 v.1 and v.2) and "The Great Depression: Updated Edition"  (Ref E 806.B9 2005.)

The Library also owns a 30 minute DVD about the causes of the Great Depression and the New Deal.

DVD 0189   ( inquire at the Circulation Desk)

The Textbook for U.S. History II ( HI 202) is "Making America: A History of the United States."  The Library has two copies on reserve at the circulation desk.  Consult Chapter 23, "The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939" ( pages 718-747) for information about The Great Depression.



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