CHF 2008: Thinking Big
David Kennedy: Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal
A Visionary and His Vision
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 8, 2008.
Historian David Kennedy discusses themes and personalities from his 1999 Pulitzer Prize–winning book Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the start of the New Deal, which he presents as a profound turning point in American history.
Professor Kennedy's scholarship integrates economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. Over Here: The First World War and American Society used the history of American involvement in World War I to analyze the American political system, economy, and culture in the early twentieth century. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War recounts the history of the United States in the two great crises of the Great Depression and World War II.
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Leaders And Thinkers
- David M. Kennedy
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999) and emeritus historian at Stanford University
- Columbia University: Alan Brinkley
- Author of The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (1995) and professor of American history at Columbia University
- Jonathan Alter (b. 1957)
- Author of The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006)