David Kennedy

David Kennedy

David Kennedy is the Donald J. Mclachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, and founding director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He is the author of several books on American history, including Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize. He received the OAH Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

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  • How the West Was Won, and What It Has to Lose
  • The Modern American Military: Who Bleeds, Who Pays?
  • Can the United States Still Afford to Be a Nation of Immigrants?
  • How the United States Won World War II
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Study in Leadership
  • Lessons of Leadership: Dwight Eisenhower as Warrior and President.
  • The Great Depression: Causes, Impact, Consequence
  • The Dilemmas of Difference in American Democracy
  • What the New Deal Did


The Great Depression: Causes, Impact, Consequence

This lecture was sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, the Center for Midwestern Studies and the University of Missouri-Kansas City History Department, as the keynote address of the Wide Open Town Symposium in April 2016. Recorded by the Kansas City Public Library. (Speaker begins at 21:00.)

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