The Great Depression: Causes, Impact, Consequence - David M. Kennedy

Friday, April 1, 2016
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
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The 1920s and '30s marked Kansas City's transformation from a rough "cowtown" into a vibrant, modern city – despite such hindrances as political corruption, the Great Depression, and strained relations among the races and sexes. The period is spotlighted during the Wide Open Town Symposium at the Library on April 1-2.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, provides a national context for the scholar-led symposium, examining the Depression and other transformative milestones in America during that era.

Liquor during the reception will be provided by Tom's Town Distilling Co.

The Wide Open Town Symposium is organized by the Kansas City Public Library, the Center for Midwestern Studies and the University of Missouri-Kansas City History Department.

It is co-sponsored by the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, UMKC Bernardin Haskell Lectures Fund, UMKC Office of Research Services, and UMKC High School/College Partnership Kennedy’s keynote address is part of the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program.