A vivid account of the populist arts of the ’30s offers lessons for today
Dancing in the Dark:
A Cultural History of the Great Depression
by Morris Dickstein
W.W. Norton & Co.
$29.95 List Price
Morris Dickstein’s Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression is a sweeping, stirring, disturbing, and more than occasionally thrilling account of a period unsettlingly like our own. Citing Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second inaugural address, in 1937, when the nation had come to understand “the need to find through government the instrument of our united purpose to solve for the individual the