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Between 1929 and 1945 the American people and their political leadership faced r two overwhelming challenges If events had gone in other directions our century could have been quite different In a brilliant description of complexity in American history Stanford University historian David M Kennedy recreates that crucial period in Freedom from Fear This book includes political economic diplomatic social and military history In Freedom From Fear the American People in Depression and War 1929-1945 the first complete study that reaches all points of discussion about the Depression the New Deal and World War II eras Bancroft Award-winning historian David M Kennedy tells the story of three of the most important events in modern American history Here Kennedy puts American history in the context of world historical events including global economic crisis the rise of Nazism and Japans quest for empire in Asia Kennedy addresses major controversies such as causes of the Depression the Hoover presidency the failures and successes of the New Deal the role of Depression-era demagogues like Father Charles Coughlin and Senator Huey Long the rise of organized labor the origins of Social Security the Constitutional Revolution of 1937 the origins of WWII the Pearl Harbor attack the emergence of the American-British-Russian Grand Alliance the internment of Japanese-Americans in wartime the American society in wartime the Second Front debate the liabilities of the unconditional surrender policy the nature of the air war waged against Germany and Japan the development of atomic weapons and the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The book is filled with enthusiastic insight and explanations For example Kennedy rejects the mythology which suggests that the roaring twenties was a period of universal success He suggests that it was much more than Jazz Age speakeasies flappers and a soaring stock market It was a decade of extreme poverty for many especially blacks immigrants and farmers who made up 30 percent of American workers in 1920 He casts Herbert Hoover
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