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Forgotten Men and Fallen Women: The Cultural Politics of New Deal Narratives

Holly Allen


During the Great Depression and into the war years, the Roosevelt administration sought to transform the political, institutional, and social contours of the United States. One result of the New Deal was the emergence and deployment of a novel set of narratives—reflected in social scientific case studies, government documents, and popular media—meant to reorient relationships among gender, race, sexuality, and national political power. This book focuses on the interplay of popular and official narratives of forgotten manhood, fallen womanhood, and other social and moral archetypes. It explores ... More

Keywords: forgotten man, Great Depression, fallen woman, New Deal, gender, race, sexuality, political power, War Relocation Authority, civic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453571
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Allen, author
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Middlebury College