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The most devastating economic crash in modern times ushered in the Great Depression of the 1930s, which turned the lives of ordinary Americans upside down and left an indelible mark on the nation's psyche. In this lively and incisive history, acclaimed journalist and historian T.H. Watkins recounts an epic narrative of human suffering, social turmoil, and a political revolution that transformed the outline of American life and government - from unprecedented federal programs like Social Security and the Civilian Conservation Corps to local grassroots movements whose energies helped forge a new relationship between citizens and their government. Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and documents--many of them published here for the first time--THE GREAT DEPRESSION stands as the essential chronicle of a decade that shaped America's consciousness and character forever, in an age not unlike our own.
T.H. Watkins was a well-known environmental writer and historian before his death in 2000. He was a recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. At the time of his death he was Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University, and was posthumously awarded the Wallace Stegner Award by the CU-Boulder Center of the American West. He published 28 books and wrote over 300 articles for various publications including National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.