Ahamed. Liaquat, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. London: Penguin, 2009. Ahamed reveals that it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of that economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.
Badger, Anthony. The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933–1940. New York: MacMillan, 1989. Badger examines the dire economic conditions and social malaise that afflicted American workers and farmers as the Depression ravaged their lives.
Borgwardt, Elizabeth, A New Deal for the World. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2006. Borgwardt illuminates the broader history of modern human rights, trade and the global economy, collective security, and international law.
Brinkley, Alan. Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. New York: Knopf, 1982. Long and Coughlin were revered—and despised—by millions of Americans when they proposed radical solutions to the nation’s distress.
Brinkley, Alan, The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. New York: Knopf, 1995. This major reinterpretation of the New Deal identifies the hallmarks of the new American liberalism as a commitment to a compensatory welfare system, Keynesian fiscal policies for increasing public spending and a “rights-based” emphasis on personal liberties and entitlements for various groups.
Burrough, Bryan, Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–193, New York: Penguin, 2004. Public Enemies is the story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI, and an assortment of criminals who became national icons.
Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919–1939. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Cohen explains how blue collar workers and their unions pressed for economic reform before the 1930s pushed the often cautious New Deal in more radical, pro- labor directions.
Downey, Kristin. The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins. New York: Nan A. Talese, 2009. As the first female Cabinet member, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins shaped the nation’s welfare policies and was the principal architect of the New Deal’s best- known innovation, Social Security.
Eig, Jonathan, Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010. Eig explores every aspect of the man called “Scarface,” paying particular attention to the myths that have long surrounded and obscured him.
Fraser, Steve and Gary Gerstle, Gary, eds. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930–1980. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989. The contributors to this volume offer impressive historical scholarship on twentieth-century American political life.
Gordon, Linda. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. Through a lens on Lange’s life, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese American internment camps.
Patterson, James T., Southern Conservatives and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933–1939. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1981. Patterson tells the story of Southern Democratic opposition to the New Deal and how it shaped in opposition to Roosevelt’s policies.
Power, Richard Gid, G-Men: Hoover’s FBI in American Popular Culture. Carbondale, Ill: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983. Powers explores the cultural forces that permitted the rise and fostered the fall of the nation’s secret police as national heroes.
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Eichengreen, Barry. Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919–1939. Eichengreen’s reassessment of the international monetary problems that led to the global economic crisis of the 1930s demonstrates that the gold standard fundamentally constrained the economic policies that were pursued and that it was largely responsible for creating the unstable economic environment.
Kennedy, David. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945. A panoramic overview of the Depression and New Deal era that highlights the nearly unimaginably complex challenges faced by the Roosevelt administration at home and abroad.
Harris, Alice Kessler. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America. The author explores the changing ideals of fairness from the 1920s to the 1970s on social legislation such as old age and unemployment insurance, fair labor standards, and federal income tax policy.
Maher, Neil. Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement. Maher examines the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps—a turning point both in national politics and in the emergence of modern environmentalism.
Sitkoff, Harvard. A New Deal for Blacks. Long oppressed by racial injustice, no group of Americans suffered more from the Depression than African Americans. New Deal reformers were among the first national leaders to attempt to ameliorate these wrongs.
Children and the Great Depression. A site filled with interactive features, documents, photos, flash movies, and teacher aides.
“The Scottsboro Boys” Trials. A site that tells the infamous case of the Scottsboro boys with photos, documents, and an outline of their struggle for justice.
New Deal Network. This site contains numerous document collections, photographs, archival materials and many other sources for teachers dealing with the New Deal.