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Wilbur Cross, Depression Era Governor of Connecticut: New Deal or Reshuffle?
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross was an odd duck swimming in a very rough pond. A retired English professor with no experience in public office, he was elected to head the state government four times during the worst of the Depression (1931-1939). Gene Leach will examine how the state handled the Depression, giving special attention to the role played by this unusual governor. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt responded to the great economic crisis with daring reforms called the New Deal. Was Cross, another Democrat, also a New Dealer?
Lecture presented by Eugene Leach, Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus, Trinity College. He will also be presenting as part of our CT 1818 series, with a lecture on the “Standing Order of 1639-1818: Why Connecticans Stood for it” on Tuesday, 10/2/18 at 7:00 pm, at the Avon Congregational Church.