The Great Depression and New Deal
Documents Decoded
by Mario R. DiNunzio
July 2014, 329pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-534-3
$96, £74, 84€, A132
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The Depression changed America. The New Deal set a new direction for the nation.

The political ideas that resulted from confronting the crisis of the Great Depression and the New Deal of the early 20th century reshaped America. This documentary history collects a range of primary sources to illuminate this critical period in U.S. history.

This accessibly written work provides a wide range of primary documents, offering American history students and teachers alike a handy reference volume that examines all important aspects of the Great Depression and New Deal—a core curriculum topic. By modeling how an expert scholar interacts with primary sources, the book enables readers to pick apart and critically evaluate firsthand the key documents chronicling this major American movement.

The book leads with an introductory essay that outlines the scope of the volume, explains how the primary documents were selected, and identifies thematic trends and controversies. Annotations by scholars translate difficult passages into language that is easily comprehensible to modern readers and compare key passages throughout, encouraging the reader to cross-reference documents within the volume and connect the dots between them. Readers will be able to interpret the flow of events during the Great Depression, assess the legislative and executive actions that attempted to deal with the economic crisis, and perceive the differences between the fiscal ideas of Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt.


  • Presents documents illustrating the Great Depression crisis and the New Deal response that enables readers to witness the clash of conservatism and liberalism in a time of crisis
  • Offers essays and notes that explain the documents—which include posters, articles, speeches, and court decisions—in the context of historical events
  • Provides a timeline that creates a background setting for a documentary history
  • Contrasts the ideas and actions of President Hoover against those of President Roosevelt
Mario R. DiNunzio is emeritus professor of history at Providence College, RI. His published works include Praeger's Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Third American Revolution as well as American Democracy and the Authoritarian Tradition of the West; Theodore Roosevelt: An American Mind; and Woodrow Wilson: Essential Writings and Speeches of the Scholar-President.
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