You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or log in to view the full course.
1. America in 1929
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore what America was like in 1929 before the Great Depression. We examine what the American population looked like, who worked and how they worked. While the effects of the Great Depression were not felt in the cities until after the stock market crash of 1929, in the countryside an economic depression had been in force for nearly a decade. The American government was also vastly smaller than it is today, with its affect on people’s lives little felt.
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).
Cite this Lecture
Kennedy, D. (2021, October 26). US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39 - America in 1929 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/america-in-1929
Kennedy, D. "US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39 – America in 1929." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 26 Oct 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-great-depression-and-new-deal/america-in-1929