Promised Land: How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968

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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
David Stebenne, the author of Promised Land, is a specialist in modern American political and legal history. He has published political commentary in The Conversation, HuffPost, The New Republic, The Observer, and Salon and has appeared on National Public Radio's All Things Considered to discuss politics, the economy, and labor issues. A native of Rhode Island and Maryland, he teaches history and law at Ohio State University.
"Considering its central role in modern American history, the middle class has received remarkably little attention from historians, compared with labor or the rich. But now David Stebenne gives us an insightful account of the rise of the middle class -- as an economic and social entity and a state of mind -- from the New Deal to the1960s. Uniting political, economic, and cultural history, and paying necessary attention to those excluded from the benefits of middle class life because of race, gender, and geography, Promised Land challenges us to think creatively about how to combat today's inequality and declining economic opportunity."
--Eric Foner, author of Battles for Freedom and The Second Founding

"David Stebenne's sparkling new study of the rise of America's middle class since 1929 provides readers with an exciting blend of political, economic, and cultural history. You need to read this book if you want to understand the astonishing changes in America between the Great Depression and the failed leadership of President Lyndon Johnson. You also should read it if you want to grasp how much your life and prospects have changed since 1968."
--Louis Galambos, editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower and author of Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World
"Stebenne's account is well-researched, evenhanded, and illustrated with sketches of the life stories of representative middle-class couples. This concise, lucid account offers a solid overview of mid-20th-century social history."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Stebenne has written a provocative account of [middle-class Americans'] rise and fall ... A thoughtful look at a long-ago era when America seemed egalitarian and prosperous."
--Kirkus Reviews