Ask The Bench: The Great Depression and the New Deal

New preliminary exam prep strategy: I tell you what I’m reading, you ask me questions for which I should have answers.  I’m hoping these will be conceptual/metanarrative/analytical questions, rather than factual (you can find Wikipedia as easiliy as I can…).  Stuff like “Explain the rise and fall of the New Deal coalition.”  You get the idea.  I’ll post the subject/readings on Monday; you send in questions throughout the week; then I sit down and respond on Friday.  I know, right?  Awesome.

This week’s topic: The Great Depression and the New Deal.  This week’s readings:

Brinkley, Alan. Voices of protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. Vintage Books, 1983.

Chandler, Lester Vernon. America’s Greatest Depression, 1929-1941. Harper & Row, 1970.

Eichengreen, Barry. “The Origins and Nature of the Great Slump Revisited.” The Economic History Review 45, no. 2. New Series (May 1992): 213-239.

Leuchtenberg, William E. The Perils of Prosperity, 1914-1932. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1958.

Leuchtenburg, William E. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940. Harper & Row, 1963.

Romer, Christina D. “The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 105, no. 3 (August 1990): 597-624.

—. “What Ended the Great Depression?.” The Journal of Economic History 52, no. 4 (December 1992): 757-784.

Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Borgwardt, Elizabeth. A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights. Belknap Press of HarvardUniversity Press, 2005.

Brinkley, Alan. The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. Vintage Books, 1996.

Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. Cambridge UniversityPress, 1990.

Finegold, Kenneth, and Theda Skocpol. State and Party in America’s New Deal: Industry and Agriculture in America’s New Deal. University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

Fraser, Steve, and Gary Gerstle, eds. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980: 1930-1980. Princeton University Press, 1989.

Katznelson, Ira. When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in. W. W. Norton & Company, 2005.

Maher, Neil M. Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the. Oxford University PressUS, 2007.

Phillips, Sarah T. This Land, this Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal. Cambridge UniversityPress, 2007.

Rosenzweig, Roy, and Barbara Melosh. “Government and the Arts: Voices from the New Deal Era.” The Journal of American History 77, no. 2 (September 1990): 596-608.

Smith, Jason Scott. Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956. Cambridge UniversityPress, 2005. 

2 thoughts on “Ask The Bench: The Great Depression and the New Deal

  1. Don’t know if this is the sort of thing you’re working on, but I wonder how you would relate changes in the federal government’s relationship to “underdeveloped” parts of the country (whether geographic areas, like the South, or populations, like immigrants or African-Americans) to the American state’s changing relationship with the “primitive” world abroad in this period; Borgwardt seems like an appropriate point of departure, but I’m unsatisfied with her exceptionalist account (don’t know if you agree, but there it is) even while it seems like she does better at synthesizing that relationship than almost anyone else I know (since the foreign relations / domestic affairs schism always splits up people’s analysis).

  2. Pingback: The Bench Responds: The New Deal State and the Margins at Home and Abroad « The Academy’s Bench Warmer

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