Giants in their Time: Representative Americans from the Jazz Age to the Cold War

Giants in their Time: Representative Americans from the Jazz Age to the Cold War

by Norman K. Risjord

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From the 1920s to the end of the Second World War, the American experience was one of both unbounded optimism, monumental achievements, and tragic loss. In Giants in their Time, the latest volume in the Representative Americans Series, noted historian Norman K. Risjord uses biographical sketches to create a composite portrait of the United States during this dynamic and trying period.

Beginning with the promise held by Americans in the 1920s, Risjord focuses on the creative genius of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and the extraordinary life of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Plunging readers into the Great Depression, Risjord looks at the lives of Samuel Insull, Herbert Hoover, and John L. Lewis to better understand efforts to save a struggling nation. And while George Marshall and Robert Oppenheimer epitomize the nation's war efforts from a military perspective, Risjord looks at the experiences of the Nisei Japanese and women participating in the war effort to provide a window into the experiences of ordinary Americans during the war. Through these biographical sketches, Risjord makes the past more vivid and concrete, revealing a heritage that present-day readers can feel and experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742581647
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Series: Representative Americans
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades.

Table of Contents

Part I: Focus on the Twenties
Chapter 1: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: The Jazz Age
Chapter 2: Aimee Semple McPherson: Jazz Age Religion
Chapter 3: Samuel Insull and the Great Crash
Part II: Battling the Depression
Chapter 4: Herbert Hoover and the Crisis of American Individualism
Chapter 5: Harry Hopkins, Quintessential New Dealer
Chapter 6: John L. Lewis: Labor Hero and Public Villain
Chapter 7: Mickey Mouse: Laughter in Hard Times
Part III: A War of Hate and Heroism
Chapter 8: Monica Sone, Richard Nishimoto, and Daniel K. Inoye: The Nisei Japanese Experience
Chapter 9: General George Marshall, Duty Bound
Chapter 10: Rosie the Riveter: Four Lives
Chapter 11: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb

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