USA, 1918-1968

Open Access Articles


  • Podcasting the Past: our first series is a conversation about the Higher History module USA: 1918-1968. It has six episodes covering key issues on: attitudes towards immigration in the 1920s; civil rights up to 1941; the economic crisis of 1929-33; the New Deal; the development of the Civil Rights campaign after 1945; and the effectiveness of the Civil Rights movement up to 1968. The first series is hosted by Gabrielle Starrs, a trainee teacher, and Fraser McGowan, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Glasgow. They are joined by Secondary History teachers Tim Green, Beth McIntyre, Ann McMillan and Andrew Parker, as well as Dr Mark McLay and Dr Peggy Brunache from the University of Glasgow, to discuss their experiences of teaching and researching in this area.

Related book

  • Scroop, D.Mr. Democrat: Jim Farley, the New Deal, and the Making of Modern American Politics (Ann Arbor, 2006) 
    Mr. Democrat tells the story of Jim Farley, Franklin Roosevelt's campaign manager. In the New Deal years, Farley experienced unprecedented success as a campaign manager. Yet he has been largely overlooked by historians. Like his modern counterpart Karl Rove, Farley enjoyed unparalleled power as a party chairman. Unlike Rove, however, Farley presided over two landslide presidential campaigns. More importantly, Farley - again unlike Rove - was involved in the creation of a new majority in American politics as the emergence of the New Deal transformed the political landscape for decades to come. Mr. Democrat is timely and indispensable not just because Farley was a fascinating and unduly neglected figure, but also because an understanding of his career advances our knowledge of how, why, and with what consequences the character of the Democratic Party and American politics changed in the age of the New Deal.