Culture and Politics in the Great Depression

Markham Press Fund, 1999 - 46 páginas
Alan Brinkley considers the origins and development in the Great repression of the idea of the "American Dream." His aim is to inform the wide variance of what counts today as the American Dream by examining its beginnings.

The dream as developed during the Great Depression was unattainable but still widely held up to encourage and motivate the population. The vision was one of middle-class stability, prosperity, and security.

Brinkley frames his presentation with four words that describe how the people of the United States coped with and lived through the Great Depression. Persistence, empathy, rebellion, and community shape his essay.

Brinkley invites the reader to pursue this era further by analyzing evidence from popular literature and film.

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Alan Brinkley was born in 1949. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and taught at MIT and Harvard as well as City University of New York and Princeton University before joining the Columbia faculty in 1991. He is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, where he was also Provost from 2003 - 2009. He is a historian of the New Deal. A prolific essayist, Brinkley writes regularly in magazines such as The New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and The New Republic and is an advocate for progressive issues. Brinkley has won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Book Award for History, and numerous other prizes and fellowships, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a board member or trustee of several academic and policy research institutions and chairs the board of The Century Foundation. His works include Liberalism and Its Discontents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century.

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