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5. The New Deal
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to look at the political response to the Great Depression - the New Deal. The 1932 election brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to power. Roosevelt was the only candidate that wanted to alleviate the economic consequences of the Great Depression. We start by looking at what the New Deal did not do. We then turn to examine what the New Deal did do. Fundamentally the New Deal was not an attempt to create a vast welfare state but was instead a program that aimed on making capitalism work better, offering greater security to average Americans.
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 - The New Deal [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/the-new-deal
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