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Jackson Lears is editor of Raritan and author, most recently, of Rebirth of a Nation: the Making of Modern America, 1877-1920.
Two new books show how the gap between the rich and the poor shaped the culture of the 1930s.
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon W.W. Norton, 536 pages, $35.00
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein, W.W. Norton, 598 pages, $29.95