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About this Lecture
In this module, we examine the causes of the Great Depression in more detail. Historians and economists still disagree on what was the exact cause of the Great Depression but it is generally supposed that it was largely the result of the economic instability created by World War One. While the Great Depression was a worldwide crisis it lasted particularly long in the United States. This was down to four factors: (i) the weak US Federal government; (ii) the banking system; (iii) the gold standard; (iv) an attachment to orthodox economic theories.
In this course, Professor David Kennedy (Stanford University) examines the Great Depression and New Deal in the United States. In the first module, we explore what America was like in 1929 before the Great Depression. After this, we examine the causes of the Great Depression in more detail. In the next two modules we look at the economic and social impact of the Great Depression on the American people. We then turn to look at the political response to the Great Depression - the New Deal. In the final module, we look at the legacies of the Great Depression and New Deal.
Professor David Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His research focus has largely been on 20th century US History, winning the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 (1999).
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Kennedy, D. (2021, October 26). US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39 - Causes [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/causes
Kennedy, D. "US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39 – Causes." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 26 Oct 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/causes