1920's through 1950's

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  1. MargoWriter

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    I was wondering if some of you sage people could recommend good basic books and other resources for researching the 1920's through 50's.

    I'm trying to decide on the best era for a novel, and I'm also just looking for some good reading. I'd like to know more about these times in American history.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Scarlett O.

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    Well, as far as the Great Depression goes, you've got:

    The Gold Cadillac by Mildred Taylor
    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    As far as film as literature goes, The Best Years of Our Lives will take you through post WWII in personal terms.

    You won't find any nonfiction that will grip more than these.

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  3. MargoWriter

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    Hey, yeah. I wasn't thinking of fiction, which is nutty because I'm all about fiction. Thanks, I will certainly take those down.

    I have actually seen The Best yeasr of Our Lives, I think.

    Thanks for the help. [​IMG]
     
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    Check out "The Plot Against America" by Phillip Roth dealing with the WW2 period.

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    William Manchester's The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972, is an excellent resource and a good read.
     
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    Stephen

    Always knew there was some reason I liked you. Manchester's book is great, and a must for the period.
     
  7. MargoWriter

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    Thank you guys, I appreciate the help.
     
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    Perhaps you've already thought of this, but if you can get your hands on etiquette books printed in the various decades, you can get a good feel for what was expected in terms of day to day, as well as special occasion, middle-class behaviour. Also your library may have archived old "McCalls" and "Ladies Home Journal" - and if you like glamor photos, "Vogue". The ads say as much as the articles, especially for slang. Old "Life" magazines can give you a quick look (and feel) for events and people in politics and popular culture.

    It probably would not do for your purpose, but I find old encyclopedias fascinating, too.
     
  9. MargoWriter

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    encyclopedias rock. ;) LOL. I was going to to make it my goal to read through an entire encyc. one summer, but it didn't happen. :rolleyes:

    I have worked at two libraries. Worked at one in college in the periodicals section. Antique magazines are awesome, and very useful. Thanks for reminding me.
     

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