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Free Enterprise: An American History

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Virtual Event

What’s the definition of “free enterprise”? It depends on the era.

Lawrence B. Glickman, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History, traces the evolution of the phrase, from the 19th century through its conservative reformulation against Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, and on to today his book Free Enterprise: An American History (Yale University Press, 2019).

In a live Chats in the Stacks webinar Glickman provides a glimpse into how the concept of free enterprise has been used to shape contemporary American politics in opposition to taxation, government programs, and regulation.

A live, moderated question and answer session will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to submit questions via the Q&A window in the webinar.


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Author Appearance, Lecture, Special Event


Cornell University Library, History, American Studies Program


CUL, book talk, olin library, amstcal

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Jenny Leijonhufvud


Lawrence B. Glickman

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Department of History

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Free and open to all

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