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Great Depression



  • The Worst President. Ever.

    Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis has cemented him as the worst president in American history, argues historian Max Boot.


  • Laughter in an Age of Pandemics

    by Michael A. Genovese

    We are all struggling, and we all need the distractions that only absurdity can provide. So laugh now and then; see the silly, the absurd and the comic in life.



  • Having It Easy in the Beginning, Tough in the End

    by William J. Astore

    Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and historian William Astore makes it so vividly clear, recalling a prophesy of his own dad, that if demobilization remains our position in the tough times to come, we're going to be in deep, deep trouble.



  • Following Dorothea Lange's Notebooks

    by Tess Taylor

    As I visited encampments, internment centers and small agricultural towns, I used Ms. Lange’s images and words as a lens to help refract the messy complexity of California’s present. 



  • What Caused the Stock Market Crash of 1929—And What We Still Get Wrong About It

    For the 90th anniversary of Black Thursday, TIME spoke to financial historian Richard Sylla, a Professor Emeritus of Economics and the former Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets at New York University Stern School of Business and Chairman of the board of the Museum of American Finance in New York City.



  • The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders

    by Jamelle Bouie

    Conflict was the engine of labor reform in the 1930s. And mass strikes and picketing, in particular, pushed the federal government to act.



  • Is Democracy Doomed? We've Been Here Before.

    by Bill Scher

    The value of democracy was widely questioned in the mid-1930s, as the Great Depression was yet to be tamed during the early stages of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency.



  • The Depression’s Unheeded Lessons

    by Neil Irwin

    Economic leaders made the 2008 financial crisis worse through a combination of misinterpreted history and missed opportunities, a new book argues.