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p. 907. Affluence, depression, and world war, 1920–45locked

p. 907. Affluence, depression, and world war, 1920–45locked

  • Donald T. Critchlow


The quarter-century from 1920 to 1945 proved to be both critical and transformative for American government. Americans witnessed in these twenty-five years an economic boom in the 1920s, a global depression beginning in 1929 that led to the creation of the modern welfare state and the realignment of the two parties, and winning a terrible global war in the 1940s that threatened Western democracies. ‘Affluence, depression, and world war, 1920–45’ describes how Franklin Roosevelt's building of a New Deal coalition of the industrial northeast, the South, organized labor, blacks, Catholics, and Jews realigned the parties and dominated American politics for the next half-century.

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