"Provides much food for thought to scholars and students of American culture in the Depression. In its careful selection of artists and works, its inventive juxtapositions, and its solid research, it challenges us to think about the achievements and the failures of those artists who sought so vigorously to depict their age through their art in the decade following the Stock Market Crash."
Discussing the photographs and paintings (many of them reproduced in this book), the essays and novels of the Depression era, David Peeler shows that in their pursuit of the reality of 1930s America, social artists also dreamed of a rebirth of Western art. But, as American capitalism revived with the onset of World War II, hopes for a new order faded, and the vision of the Depression's artists remained the unfilled prophecy of their works.
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