LHIS

2037

America in Crisis: Flappers, Booze and the Great Crash

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

America in Crisis

Spring 2019

Taught By: Elaine Abelson

Section: A

CRN: 7000

Credits: 4

“It is a curious fact,” an author wrote recently that “the Great Depression is in danger of disappearing altogether from our collective consciousness. Did those things realty happen?” Despite our well known historical amnesia, the idea of the Great Depression refuses to be banished to realm of nostalgia: the fear of “suddenly losing it all” lurks in our consciousness and rises regularly to the surface. This course will look at the interwar period – the 1920s and 1930s – placing particular emphasis on the anxiety and hope, despair and surprising optimism of Americans during the Great Depression. From the flappers, Charles Lindbergh and Wall Street excesses of the ‘20s to the breadlines, alphabet agencies and political debates of the ‘30s, “American in Crisis” will pay particular attention to such questions as “what happens when a nation that has always promised growth faces ten years of stagnation,” and “how do we understand a decade in which unemployment never fell below 14 percent?” We will read novels of the period, view films and discuss the emergence and goals of the New Deal.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:21pm 5/20/2019