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Dancing in the dark: a cultural history of the Great Depression

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A National Book Critics Circle finalist: "The definitive book about Depression culture for our time."—San Francisco Chronicle


Hailed as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, this vibrant portrait of 1930s culture masterfully explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great Depression. Morris Dickstein, whom Norman Mailer called "one of our best and most distinguished critics of American literature," has brought together a staggering range of material-from epic Dust Bowl migrations to zany screwball comedies, elegant dance musicals, wildly popular swing bands, and streamlined Deco designs. Exploding the myth that Depression culture was merely escapist, Dickstein concentrates on the dynamic energy of the arts, and the resulting lift they gave to the nation's morale. A fresh and exhilarating analysis of one of America's most remarkable artistic periods, with Dancing in the Dark Dickstein delivers a monumental critique. A New York Times Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and Huffington Post Best Book.
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Depressions -- 1929 -- United States
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
United States -- Civilization -- 1918-1945
United States -- History -- 1919-1933
United States -- History -- 1933-1945
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945
title_displayDancing in the dark : a cultural history of the Great Depression
title_fullDancing in the Dark A Cultural History of the Great Depression
Dancing in the dark : a cultural history of the Great Depression / Morris Dickstein
Dancing in the dark [sound recording] : a cultural history of the Great Depression / by Morris Dickstein
title_shortDancing in the dark
title_suba cultural history of the Great Depression
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Depressions
History
Intellectual life
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Popular culture
Social life and customs