Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture, Volume 1

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Nancy Beck Young, William D. Pederson, Byron W. Daynes
M.E. Sharpe, 2001 - Business & Economics - 154 pages
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How did Americans respond to the economic catastrophe of 1929? In what ways did the social and cultural responses of the American people inform the politics of the period? Conversely, how did changes in political beliefs alter cultural activities? This volume presents a series of intriguiing essays that examine these and related questions. The much-studied presidency of FDR is examined through a very distinctive set of lenses: The representation of FDR in film and popular culture, discussions of New Deal art and art policy, the social and political meanings of political architecture, 30s music, and many more. Anyone interested in the New Deal era -- from the perspectives of social and cultural history, political science, popular culture, political history, among others -- will find this volume a welcome addition to the literature on FDR and the New Deal.
  

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Contents

Introduction and Summary
1
The Sun Comes Out Tomorrow
19
Art Architecture and Music of the 1930s
42
A Reassessment of New Deal Art
63
Heroes in Texas Post Office Murals
73
Louisianas Depression Era Economy
81
WPA Buildings in Northwest Louisiana
88
The WPAs Forgotten Muse
98
Popular Culture
119
Cultural Chronology
134
List of Contributors
145
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About the author (2001)

A Dallas area native, Nancy Beck Young is an assistant professor history at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. She specializes in twentieth-century American political history and the history of American women. Coauthor of Texas, Her Texas: The Life and Times of Frances Goff, she is currently working on a new book, Forgotten Feminist: Lou Henry Hoover as First Lady, under contract to the University press of Kansas.

WILLIAM D. PEDERSON is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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