Economics, World War II, Economics of Utah


Ordinarily. American historians divide the years from 1929 through 1945 into two periods. The time from 1929 to about 1939 they generally label· The Great Depression." In most cases, the chapter on the depression tells the story of American domestic affairs during the 1930s with a slight bow to the severity of worldwide economic conditions. In the next chapter, covering the years 1939 to 1945, historians discuss World War II; to do chis, however, they have to return to the 1920s to deal with the foreign affurs they neglected in the previous chapter. In discussing World War II, historians say something oflife on the home front, but this treatment usually seems unrelated to life in the United States during the depression except perhaps to contrast the prosperity of World War II with the economic poverty of the 1930s.