Give Me Liberty, An American History

Give Me Liberty, An American History by Foner Eric highlights the U.S. history tours. Chapter 21: The New Deal, 1932-1940 covers the First New Deal as proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt during 1932 election. The chapter explains the relationship between new deal and housing, agriculture, the court system, public works projects, job creation, banking crisis, and National Rifle Association between the year 1962 to 1940 in the United States. Under grassroots revolt as a topic, the chapter covers labor’s great Upheaval, the rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, labor and politics, and the voices of protest such as Dr. Francis Townsend and Charles Coughlin. Chapter 21 also covers a reckoning with the liberty, the limits of change which reveals the challenges of the new deal such as federal discrimination. Finally, it talks about a new conception of America where factors which lead to the failure of the new deal are discussed. The new deal did not see the light due to lack of support from southern Democrats.

In Chapter 22, Fighting for the Four Freedoms:  World War II, 1941-1945, the book covers the how America prepared, and fought during the WWII. The effects of the war on the economy and the people who were involved in the war are also mentioned. The reader will also get a chance to study the visions of postwar freedom, the American dilemma- race and ethnicity through reading this chapter. At the end of the chapter, the author discussed the end of the WWII and policies that were put by the government to discover the states economically.

The two chapters in the book cover the history of America from 1932 to 1945, including the new deal and WWII and can be used a liberal mind to change the nation both politically and economically. Studying the effects of WWII should be used by any politician to change the current situation in the United States.

A People’s History of the United States

A People’s History of the United States, non-fiction book which provides the reads with an alternative interpretation of the U.S. history from the view of the political scientist and a historian. In chapter 15, Self-Help in Hard Times, Zinn Howard, talked about the efforts made by the United States government to destroy Industrial Workers of the World. IWW members were put on trial, and its leadership was jailed in 1919. The chapter also covers the Great Depression which was marked by the stock market crash of 1929. We can also read about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policed when he became the president of this chapter. On the first month in the office after winning November 1932 election, he came up with the National Recovery Act meant to stabilize the economy during the Great Depression. Also, the efforts put by the Communist party by forming Workers Alliance groups to help the poor are covered in this chapter.

Chapter 16: A People’s War, is about World War II, its impacts on the citizens and the powers that were opposing the war. Someone can read about the bombing of Dresden and Japanese American internet in the chapter. Further, Zinn covered Cold War which created a state of permanent war between the leaders of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. and made military industrial complex. The involvement of the U.S. in the Korean War, Marshall Plan, and Greek Civil War is also discussed in the chapter.

The two chapters explain how the leadership can affect the economy of a nation. As presented by Zinn, the WWI was a better way of fighting against systematic racism by the U.S. but manufacturing of dangerous weapons could do the people harm. The existence of trade unions was also necessary for the workers to get a greater barging power.  Reading the two chapters is a better way to learn how to stabilize the economy and protect a nation.

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