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Main Street in Crisis: The Great Depression and the Old Middle Class on the Northern Plains
This study of class during the Great Depression is the first to examine a relatively neglected geographical area, the northern plains states of North and South Dakota, from a social and cultural perspective. Surveying the values and ideals of the old middle class -- independent shopkeepers, artisans, professionals, and farmers -- Catherine Stock presents a picture of Dakot ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 8th 1997 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published April 15th 1992)
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An excellent read! It puts a human face on economic turmoil that the United States experienced between 1890 and through the depression--and if you of a certain age and from the Northern Great Plains--it really provides in sight into what your small town and surrounding community was experiencing.
Unusual combination of listening to small-grain data like biographies and newspapers while still combing out larger experiential frameworks within which they're lived. She illustrates the ongoing lived tension between the personal virtues and autonomy of the small Dakota communities with the modernizing firehose of support brought by centralization.