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4. Social Impact
About this Lecture
In this module, we examine the social impacts of the Great Depression. We start by having a look at the Depression’s impacts on families. We examine the marriage rate, the divorce rate and the birth rate to show that the US in 1932 was in a precarious position both economically and socially. We then turn to examine the work of Mirra Komarosky to see that the greatest feeling that American men felt during the Depression was the feeling of shame. This finding was connected to what has often been considered a fundamental American value - individualism.
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 - Social Impact [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/social-impact
Kennedy, David. "US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39 – Social Impact." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 26 Oct 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/social-impact