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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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Looking Forward—and Back

Looking Forward—and Back

(p.200) 27 Looking Forward—and Back
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

In this chapter, the authors suggest that the most important decade Americans can learn from is the 1930s, the era of the Great Depression. In 1935, The Nation magazine estimated that there were only about 30,000 party members in the United States. They were, however, certainly visible, with the result that their perceived power, especially in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the fears it engendered, was much greater than their actual power. American fascism lost its energy during the war and the prosperity that followed, as its prime causative factor—economic disenfranchisement among white people—lessened. The emergence of right-wing talk radio in the 1980s did not happen because the hosts created an audience; instead, it was a free-market response that capitalized on already existing anger, based on growing economic insecurity.

Keywords:   Americans, Great Depression, The Nation, United States, power, Bolshevik revolution, Russia, fascism

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