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American midnight : the Great War, a violent peace, and democracy's forgotten crisis / Adam Hochschild.

Hochschild, Adam, (author.).


"A character-driven look at a pivotal period in American history, 1917-1920: the tumultuous home front during WWI and its aftermath, when violence broke out across the country thanks to the first Red Scare, labor strife, and immigration battles"-- Provided by publisher.
The nation was on the brink. Mobs burned Black churches to the ground. Courts threw thousands of people into prison for opinions they voiced -- in one notable case, only in private. Self-appointed vigilantes executed tens of thousands of citizens' arrests. Some seventy-five newspapers and magazines were banned from the mail and forced to close. When the government stepped in, it was often to fan the flames. This was America during and after the Great War: a brief but appalling era blighted by lynchings, censorship, and the sadistic, sometimes fatal abuse of conscientious objectors in military prisons -- a time whose toxic currents of racism, nativism, red-baiting, and contempt for the rule of law then flowed directly through the intervening decades to poison our own. It was a tumultuous period defined by a diverse and colorful cast of characters, some of whom fueled the injustice while others fought against it : from the sphinxlike Woodrow Wilson, to the fiery antiwar advocates Kate Richards O'Hare and Emma Goldman, to labor champion Eugene Debs, to a little-known but ambitious bureaucrat named J. Edgar Hoover, and to an outspoken leftwing agitator -- who was in fact Hoover's star undercover agent. It is a time that we have mostly forgotten about, until now. In American Midnight, award-winning historian Adam Hochschild brings alive the horrifying yet inspiring four years following the U.S. entry into the First World War, spotlighting forgotten repression while celebrating an unforgettable set of Americans who strove to fix their fractured country -- and showing how their struggles still guide us today. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780358455462
  • ISBN: 0358455464
  • Physical Description: viii, 421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, [2022]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-372) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: No ordinary times -- Tears of joy -- Place a gun upon his shoulder -- The Cardinal goes to war -- Enchanted by her beauty -- Those who stand in our way -- Soldiers of darkness -- Shoot my brother down -- A wily con man; a dangerous woman -- The water cure -- Nobody can say we aren't loyal now! -- Cut, shuffle, and deal -- Cheerleaders -- Peace? -- Another savior come to earth -- World on fire -- Sly and crafty eyes -- On the great deep -- I am not in condition to go on -- In a tugboat kitchen -- Men like these would rule you -- Seeing red -- A little man, cool but fiery -- Policeman and detective -- Aftermath.
Subject: United States > History > 1913-1921.
World War, 1914-1918 > Economic aspects > United States.
World War, 1914-1918 > Social aspects > United States.
Labor movement > United States > History > 20th century.
Political violence > United States > History > 20th century.
United States > Politics and government > 1913-1921.
United States > Emigration and immigration > 20th century.
African Americans > Violence against > 20th century.
États-Unis > Histoire > 1913-1921.
Guerre mondiale, 1914-1918 > Aspect économique > États-Unis.
Guerre mondiale, 1914-1918 > Aspect social > États-Unis.
Mouvement ouvrier > États-Unis > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Violence politique > États-Unis > Histoire > 20e siècle.
États-Unis > Politique et gouvernement > 1913-1921.
HISTORY / United States / General.
World War, 1914-1918 > Economic aspects.
Labor movement > United States.
United States > History.
United States > Politics and government.

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