Jack Lang and the Great Depression

Jack Lang, like Gough Whitlam, looms large in Labor and Australian history. Both were “Big Fellas” who dared to take on the establishment. Both paid a high price for their stands, sacked by the respective vice-regal governors. We look at Jack Lang and his controversial role in the Great Depression: why he was loved by the poor and unemployed but hated by bankers and conservatives.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • We begin by looking at the economic and social context of the time, along with Jack Lang’s life up until then. This includes analysing the forces in his early life that created Jack Lang and what his political position was at the beginning of the Great Depression
  • The Great Depression was a very polarising event in Australian history with society badly divided along class and political lines. We analyse this social and historical context
  • Jack Lang took a strong stand to look after his traditional Labor base and this meant fighting against the bankers of England as well as the conservative Establishment in Australia. We look at Jack Lang’s politics and economic policies and see why they were so opposed by the conservatives.
  • Finally we look at the reaction of the conservative opposition and how it led to Lang’s sacking and what this meant for the way the Depression played out in NSW and Australia.
$79 Limited / $71

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19 Oct

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