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The Modern Temper American Culture and Society in the 1920s

Lynn Dumenil

Hill and Wang

0809015668

9780809015665

Trade Paperback

352 Pages

$18.00

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When most of us take a backward glance at the 1920s, we may think of prohibition and the jazz age, of movies stars and flappers, of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford, of Lindbergh and Hoover—and of Black Friday, October 29, 1929, when the plunging stock market ushered in the great depression.

But the 1920s were much more. Lynn Dumenil brings a fresh interpretation to a dramatic, important, and misunderstood decade. As her work makes clear, changing values brought an end to the repressive Victorian era; urban liberalism emerged; the federal bureaucracy was expanded; pluralism became increasingly important to America's heterogeneous society; and different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups encountered the homogenizing force of a powerful mass-consumer culture. The Modern Temper brings these many developments into sharp focus.

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"The Modern Temper is an engaging, stimulating, and thoughtful re-creation of one of our most interesting and complex decades. A wonderful accomplishment."—Lawrence W. Levine, George Mason University

"Lynn Dumenil's The Modern Temper provides an exciting and original synthesis of a crucial decade that few of us really understand. She makes the insights and confusions of the women and the men of the twenties come alive. This is an important book."—Ellen Dubois, University of California at Los Angeles

"Dumenil offers wealth of fresh insights on a fascinating decade. This illuminating study subtly recasts our understanding of an era whose tensions and stresses often uncannily parallel those of our own day."—Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin

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Lynn Dumenil, professor of history at Occidental College, earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Freemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930. She lives in Venice, California
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lynn Dumenil

  • Lynn Dumenil, professor of history at Occidental College, earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Freemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930. She lives in Venice, California
  • Lynn Dumenil
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