The Big Change
America Transforms Itself, 1900-50
Frederick Lewis Allen
The Big Change by Frederick Lewis Allen is a groundbreaking work of social history that charts the transformative evolution of American life over half a century. Allen examines the forces that gradually transformed the country, including mass production, the automobile, the Great Depression, World War II, and America's emergence as a world power. His analysis of postwar American culture is both deep and wonderfully readable, offering a hopeful assessment that places remaining social problems in careful perspective. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the promise of democracy and the future of the United States.