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Only yesterday : an informal history of the 1920s

Frederick Lewis Allen (Author)
Overview: Prohibition. Al Capone. The President Harding scandals. The revolution of manners and morals, Black Tuesday. These are only an inkling of the events and figures characterizing the wild, tumultuous era that was the Roaring Twenties. Originally published in 1931, Only Yesterday traces the rise of post-World War I prosperity up to the Wall Street crash of 1929 against the colorful backdrop of flappers, speakeasies, the first radio, and the scandalous rise of skirt hemlines. Hailed as an instant classic, this is Frederick Lewis Allen's vivid and definitive account of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating decades, chronicling a time of both joy and terror-when dizzying highs were quickly succeeded by heartbreaking lows
Print Book, English, 2010
First Harper Perennial modern classics edition View all formats and editions
Harper Perennial Modern Classics, New York, 2010
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
9780060956653, 0060956658
1: Prelude: May, 1919
2: Back to normalcy
3: Big red scare
4: America convalescent
5: Revolution in manners and morals
6: Harding and the scandals
7: Coolidge prosperity
8: Ballyhoo years
9: Revolt of the highbrows
10: Alcohol and Al Capone
11: Home, sweet Florida
12: Big bull market
13: Crash!
14: Aftermath: 1930-31
Appendix: Sources and obligations
Originally published: Harper & Row, 1931