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A Troubled Feast: American Society since 1945

By William E. Leuchtenburg (Trustee; NHC Fellow, 1978–79; 1979–80; 1980–81)

American History; Social History; Cultural History; Twentieth-Century

Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1983

From the publisher’s description:

The essence of this book is suggested by its title. The "troubled" aspects may well be the more familiar—the frightful assassinations of public men, the malignant effects of two Asian wars, the endemic violence, the persistence of social ills. Acknowledgment of the reality of the "feast"—that is, the widespread affluence made possible by the prodigious expansion of the economy—has often been more grudging. Yet in these years millions were lifted out of poverty, millions more into the ranks of the middle class. And it was the abundance that shaped many of the contours of American society in the nearly three decades since 1945, especially the consumer culture in its multifarious ramifications, and that exerted a decisive influence upon not only the troubles of this era but the too little noticed advances.

History / American History / Social History / Cultural History / Twentieth-Century /

Leuchtenburg, William E. (Trustee; NHC Fellow, 1978–79; 1979–80; 1980–81). A Troubled Feast: American Society since 1945. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1983.