Chicago in the 1930s Book Review by ABCs

Chicago in the 1930s
A review of Richard Wright's "The Man Who Went to Chicago".
# 114047 | 1,793 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper provides an overview of the 1930s in American history, and focuses on the Great Depression and Chicago in the 1930s. The paper then analyzes Richard Wright's short story, "The Man Who Went to Chicago" that offers personal accounts of this decade.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"Some decades are named after the type of zeitgeist that existed during the period, and the "Gay Nineties" of the late 19th century and the "Roaring Twenties" of the early 20th century, for example, need little explanation to understand what was taking place during this period in American history. The decade of the 1930s, though, has not been so characterized, and this may be because most people just wanted to forget that it ever happened at all. Indeed, many Americans were out of work and the economy just seemed to keep getting worse every day. Taken together, it is little wonder that some people grew desperate, anxious and resentful during this period in American history, and this appears to be just what happened to Richard Wright when he penned his short story, "The Man Who Went to Chicago.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Best, Gary Dean. The Nickel and Dime Decade: American Popular Culture during the 1930s. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1993.
  • Butler, Robert J. The Critical Response to Richard Wright. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.
  • Cavan Ruth S. and Katherine H. Ranck. The Family and The Depression. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1938.
  • Chicago. (2008). U.S. Census Bureau. [Online]. Available: fun1.html.
  • Duffus, Matthew. (1999, January 26). The Mississippi Writers Page. [Online]. Available: http://

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