The incredible true story of how Americans from all walks of life weathered one of the most turbulent periods in our nation's history--the Great Depression--and emerged triumphant.
Crash tells the story of the Great Depression, from the sweeping fallout of the market collapse to the more personal stories of those caught up in the aftermath. Packed with photographs, primary documents, and firsthand accounts, Crash shines a spotlight on pivotal moments and figures across ethnic, gender, racial, social, and geographic divides, reflecting many different experiences of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Marc Favreau's meticulous research, vivid prose, and extensive back matter paints a thorough picture of how the country we live in today was built in response to the widespread poverty, insecurity, and fear of the 1930s.
"*Starred Review* This informative book introduces the Great Depression, explaining the free fall of the American economy following the 1929 stock market crash, as well as its result the widespread poverty, homelessness, and hunger of the 1930s. Favreau gives many examples of how the Depression and the Dust Bowl affected the lives of ordinary people, and covers why President Hoover lost their confidence and what programs President Roosevelt created to spur economic growth. The book also underscores the contributions of others, from Eleanor Roosevelt to social reformer Frances Perkins. One chapter discusses the dire plight of African Americans; often the first workers to be laid off, many were already living in poverty and oppressed by Jim Crow laws. Other sections of the book tell of the deportation of Mexican people and the rise of anti-Semitism during the period. Following a generally chronological path, Favreau includes anecdotes and interesting details within the broader narrative, while using quotes effectively to offer different viewpoints. Well-chosen archival photos and documents appear throughout the book. The lucid text offers a good perspective on significant events, while the extensive back matter will be helpful to students motivated to research the topic further. An enlightening and very readable book on a complex historical period.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Favreau, in his first book for children, explains Black Tuesday, the 1929 stock market crash, the Great Depression, and the steps the United States government took to try to help its citizens get back on their feet. This detailed yet uncomplicated overview is written in clear, concise language, and Favreau doesn't shy from some of the more difficult subjects ("After the Crash, white southerners tried to push black people down even further"). He begins by recounting stories of how the stock market crash and subsequent economic depression affected real people-across different socioeconomic levels, ethnicities, genders, and geographical locations-giving readers an understanding of personal hardships and a glimpse into how economics works. He then details the rise of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the part his wife, Eleanor, played in creating jobs, as well as the role of WWII in the U.S. recovery. Making use of photographs, primary-source documents, and firsthand accounts, Favreau brings an important period of history to life. Ages 10-up. Agent: Tanya McKinnon, McKinnon McIntyre. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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