Americans in Times of Crisis

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America is a nation in crisis. But it is hardly the first time the country has faced adversity. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Freedom From Fear," historian David Kennedy examines how the nation reacted to three great crises in its past: the Depression and World Wars I and II. Through all three of these crises, Kennedy says Americans not only endured — they found a way to prevail. This hour, the lessons in dealing with crisis that America can learn from its own history — and insight into how the nation is dealing with the current war on terrorism.


David Kennedy, Professor of history at Stanford University and author of "Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945"

This program aired on November 1, 2001.


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