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A list of key readings about Great Depression in the United States.
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  • Ahamed, Liaquat: Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression and the Bakers Who Broke the World, William Heineman, 2009.
  • Beito David. Taxpayers in Revolt (1989)
  • Bernanke, Ben S. "The Macroeconomics of the Great Depression: A Comparative Approach," Journal of Money, Credit & Banking, Vol. 27, 1995 online edition
  • Bernstein, Irving. Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941 (1970), the most thorough labor history
  • Bernstein, Michael A. The Great Depression: Delayed Recovery and Economic Change in America, 1929-1939 (1989)
  • Best, Gary Dean. The Nickel and Dime Decade: American Popular Culture during the 1930s. (1993) online edition
  • Best, Gary Dean. Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt Versus Recovery, 1933-1938 (1991), conservative critique
  • Blumberg Barbara. The New Deal and the Unemployed: The View from New York City (1977).
  • Bordo, Michael D., Claudia Goldin, and Eugene N. White , eds., The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century (1998). Advanced economic history.
  • Bremer William W. "Along the American Way: The New Deal's Work Relief Programs for the Unemployed." Journal of American History 62 (December 1975): 636-652 online in JSTOR
  • Chandler, Lester. America's Greatest Depression (1970). overview by economic historian.
  • Fisher, Irving. "The Debt-Deflation Theory of Great Depressions," Econometrica, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Oct., 1933), pp. 337-357 in JSTOR
  • Friedman, Milton and Anna J. Schwartz, A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 (1963), classic monetarist explanation; highly statistical; partly reprinted as The Great Contraction. excerpt and text search
  • Grant, Michael Johnston. Down and Out on the Family Farm: Rural Rehabilitation in the Great Plains, 1929-1945 (2002)
  • Hapke, Laura. Daughters of the Great Depression: Women, Work, and Fiction in the American 1930s (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Himmelberg; Robert F. ed The Great Depression and the New Deal (2001), short overview
  • Howard, Donald S. The WPA and Federal Relief Policy (1943) online edition
  • Jensen, Richard J. "The Causes and Cures of Unemployment in the Great Depression," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 19 (1989) 553-83. at JSTOR
  • Kennedy, David. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999), wide-ranging survey by leading scholar; online edition
  • Klein, Maury. Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 (2001) by economic historian excerpt and text search
  • Kubik, Paul J. "Federal Reserve Policy during the Great Depression: The Impact of Interwar Attitudes regarding Consumption and Consumer Credit" Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, 1996
  • McElvaine Robert S. The Great Depression 2nd ed (1993) social history
  • Mitchell, Broadus. Depression Decade: From New Era through New Deal, 1929-1941 (1964), overview of economic history online edition
  • Parker, Randall E. Reflections on the Great Depression (2002) interviews with 11 leading economists
  • Roose, Kenneth D. "The Recession of 1937-38" Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 56, No. 3 (Jun., 1948) , pp. 239-248 online in JSTOR
  • Romasco Albert U. "Hoover-Roosevelt and the Great Depression: A Historiographic Inquiry into a Perennial Comparison." In John Braeman, Robert H. Bremner and David Brody, eds. The New Deal: The National Level (1973) v 1 pp 3-26.
  • Romer, Christina D. "The Nation in Depression," The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 7, No. 2. (Spring, 1993), pp. 19-39. major survey by leading economist, with comparisons to other nations in JSTOR
  • Romer, Christina D. "What Ended the Great Depression?" The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 757-784 in JSTOR
  • Romer, Christina D. "The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 105, No. 3 (Aug., 1990), pp. 597-624 in JSTOR
  • Rosen, Elliot A. Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the Economics of Recovery (2005) argues productivity gains were more responsible for long-term recovery than New Deal
  • Rothbard, Murray N. America's Great Depression (1963), by leading libertarian economist
  • Saloutos, Theodore. The American Farmer and the New Deal (1982).
  • Shlaes, Amity. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (2007), 480pp, popular
  • Singleton, Jeff. The American Dole: Unemployment Relief and the Welfare State in the Great Depression (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Sitkoff, Harvard. A New Deal for Blacks (1978).
  • Smiley, Gene. Rethinking the Great Depression (2002), conservative economist blames Federal Reserve and gold standard excerpt and text search
  • Smith, Jason Scott. Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956 (2005).
  • Sterner, Richard. The Negro's share: a study of income, consumption, housing, and public assistance (1943), statistical analysis of 1930s ACLS E-book
  • Sternsher, Bernard ed., Hitting Home: The Great Depression in Town and Country (1970), readings on local history
  • Szostak, Rick. Technological Innovation and the Great Depression (1995)
  • Temin; Peter. Did Monetary Forces Cause the Great Depression (1976)
  • Tindall George B. The Emergence of the New South, 1915-1945 (1967). History of entire region by leading scholar
  • Trout Charles H. Boston, the Great Depression, and the New Deal (1977)
  • Warren, Harris Gaylord. Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression (1959).
  • Watkins, T. H. The Great Depression: America in the 1930s. (1993). excerpt and text search
  • Wheeler, Mark, ed. The Economics of the Great Depression (1998)
  • White, Eugene N. "The Stock Market Boom and Crash of 1929 Revisited," The Journal of Economic Perspectives Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring, 1990), pp. 67-83, evaluates different theories in JSTOR
  • Wicker, Elmus. The Banking Panics of the Great Depression 1996 online review
  • Wecter, Dixon. The Age of the Great Depression, 1929-1941. (1948). social history

Primary sources

  • Bakke E. Wright. The Unemployed Worker: A Study of the Task of Making a Living without a Job. (1940).
  • Cantril, Hadley and Mildred Strunk, eds. Public Opinion, 1935-1946 (1951), massive compilation of many public opinion polls online edition
  • Lowitt, Richard and Beardsley Maurice, eds. One Third of a Nation: Lorena Hickock Reports on the Great Depression (1981) secret reports sent to Hopkins; excerpt and text search
  • Lynd Robert S., and Helen M. Lynd. Middletown in Transition. 1937. sociological study of Muncie, Indiana
  • McElvaine, Robert S. Down & out in the Great Depression: Letters from the "Forgotten Man" (1983); letters to Harry Hopkins; online edition
  • Sterner, Richard. The Negro's share: a study of income, consumption, housing, and public assistance (1943), statistical analysis of 1930s ACLS E-book

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