On the eighth episode of American
History Too! we delve into one of the great crisis moments in American
History – the Great Depression. We’re
joined by special guest, Alastair Duthie (@d_alastair), who helps guide us
through the historiographical minefield that surrounds Presidents’ Herbert
Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt in their attempts to bring the American economy
and people back from the brink.
We begin by explaining some of the reasons for the global financial
collapse of the 1920s and 1930s. Malcolm
inspires his own great depression as he dips his toe into the cold waters of
economic history, Alastair reminds us that the 1920s was not all it has been
cracked up to be, and Mark wholeheartedly refuses to ever discuss the t*riff. Also, it is decided that perhaps the much maligned
Herbert Hoover was not the twentieth century’s James Buchanan (more of a
Franklin Pierce, perhaps).