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Forgotten Men and Fallen WomenThe Cultural Politics of New Deal Narratives$
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Holly Allen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453571

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453571.001.0001

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“More Terrible than the Sword”

“More Terrible than the Sword”

Emotions, Facts, and Gendered New Deal Narratives

(p.1) “More Terrible than the Sword”
Forgotten Men and Fallen Women

Holly Allen

Cornell University Press

This book explores the gender and racial contours of civic culture in the New Deal years. It considers how positive feelings of sympathy, pride, and reassurance combined with negative regard for feminized and racialized outsiders to engender support for the New Deal state, despite the anxiety many Americans felt over the expansion of federal power that New Deal policies entailed. It discusses a series of emotionally charged civic stories, each of which speaks to the gender, racial, and sexual dimensions of the emergent U.S. welfare state. It analyzes the sexual politics of this emergent welfare state in relation to Americans' lived experience of citizenship in the Great Depression and World War II by focusing on the institutional histories of several federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the War Relocation Authority.

Keywords:   civic culture, New Deal, civic stories, gender, welfare state, sexual politics, citizenship, Great Depression, World War II, federal agencies

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