David Goldfield - The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good
Original Air Date: October 25, 2017
David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of many works on Southern history, including Still Fighting the Civil War, Black, White, and Southern, and, most recently, America Aflame. In The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good (Bloomsbury), a sweeping history of the post-World War II decades, Goldfield examines the generation immediately after WWII and argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era. Goldfield brings this unprecedented surge in American legislative and cultural history to life as he explores the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. He brilliantly shows how the nation’s leaders persevered to create the conditions for the most gifted generation in U.S. history.