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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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Someplace Like America an Introduction

Someplace Like America an Introduction

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Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

This chapter talks about the suggestion that Americans are no longer able to stand up to tough times the way the “greatest generation” of the 1930s Great Depression and World War II did. However, this is so very wrong. America is wounded as a culture today, certainly, and many Americans are soft, bewildered, made numb by loss. However, people will rise to the challenge of these hard times. The chapter is about big bankers and, in some places, local cops. It is also about politicians who do not care about people who cannot or do not give them donations. And, once more, it is a story of people and weaker groups caught up in events beyond their control, dealing with tragedy and challenges. Rather, it aims to describe the human side of where Americans are today, trapped in an economy whose fruits have been denied to a majority of Americans.

Keywords:   Americans, Great Depression, World War II, America, culture, bankers, cops, politicians, tragedy

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