Modern Temper American Culture and Society in the 1920s

ISBN-10: 0809015668
ISBN-13: 9780809015665
Edition: 1995
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Description: When most of us take a backward glance at the 1920s, we may think of prohibition and the jazz age, of movies stars and flappers, of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford, of Lindbergh and Hoover--and of Black Friday, October 29, 1929, when the plunging  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/30/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

When most of us take a backward glance at the 1920s, we may think of prohibition and the jazz age, of movies stars and flappers, of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford, of Lindbergh and Hoover--and of Black Friday, October 29, 1929, when the plunging stock market ushered in the great depression. But the 1920s were much more. Lynn Dumenil brings a fresh interpretation to a dramatic, important, and misunderstood decade. As her lively work makes clear, changing values brought an end to the repressive Victorian era; urban liberalism emerged; the federal bureaucracy was expanded; pluralism became increasingly important to America's heterogeneous society; and different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups encountered the homogenizing force of a powerful mass-consumer culture. The Modern Temper brings these many developments into sharp focus.

Eric Foner is a professor of American history at Columbia University.

Introduction
Public and Private Power
Work and Consumption
The New Woman
The Acids of Modernity: Secular and Sacred Interpretations
Conformity and Community
Pluralism and Community
Epilogue
Bibliographic Essay
Index

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