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Main Street in Crisis: The Great Depression and the Old Middle Class on the Northern Plains

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ISBN-13: 978-0807846896
ISBN-10: 0807846899
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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] thoughtful, even wise, book.

"Journal of American History""

Stock's provocative analysis deserves the widest readership.

"American Historical Review"

An outstanding work of scholarship that fills an important void in our understanding of the Depression decade.

"Journal of the West"

"An outstanding book, one with implications that go far beyond its chronological and geographical borders.

"Canadian Review of American Studies""

"An imaginatively researched, well-written, provocatively argued book that will begin to fill a vacuum in our knowledge.

Lawrence Levine, University of California, Berkeley"

ÝA¨ thoughtful, even wise, book.

"Journal of American History"

An outstanding book, one with implications that go far beyond its chronological and geographical borders.

"Canadian Review of American Studies"

An imaginatively researched, well-written, provocatively argued book that will begin to fill a vacuum in our knowledge.

Lawrence Levine, University of California, Berkeley

[A] thoughtful, even wise, book.

"Journal of American History"

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An imaginatively researched, well-written, provocatively argued book that will begin to fill a vacuum in our knowledge of the Great Depression.--Lawrence Levine, University of California, Berkeley



This book deserves credit for the boldness of its vision, the audacity of its assertions, the imagination with which it searches out and uses evidence, and the creativity of its thematic organization. Farmers and small producers in the twentieth century have not received their historical due, and Catherine Stock's study should help right that imbalance.--South Dakota History



An outstanding book, one with implications that go far beyond its chronological and geographical borders.--Canadian Review of American Studies



[A] thoughtful, even wise, book. . . . Told in a skilled, suggestive narrative.--Journal of American History



An outstanding work of scholarship that fills an important void in our understanding of the Depression decade in the Northern Plains. . . . Should be of interest to all scholars of the Depression and the Great Plains region.--Journal of the West



Catherine Stock's book on the old middle class manages the unusual feat of treating with sympathy and respect the kind of people who usually serve merely as the target of sophisticated ridicule. Without minimizing their faults, she makes it clear that they stood for certain enduring values and, moreover, that their attitudes were not simple--that those attitudes, in fact, were full of ambivalence and contradiction.--Christopher Lasch, University of Rochester



Superb. . . . Stock's provocative analysis deserves the widest readership. . . . An outstanding book.--American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (September 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807846899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807846896
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative about social aspects of the Dust Bowl and even small town Midwestern society in general.
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I learned some things from this book, but it does amble on like a boring textbook sometimes. The stories of the the families were very interesting. My great-grandma's cows in N.E. SD ate cockleburs during the depression, and trying to hit water during a well drill was distressing.
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