Being born and raised into a working-class family in Youngstown, Ohio, and witness to the steel era decline in the seventies and eighties encouraged me to study the negotiation of power between governments, business, and the people. Using culture and oral history as the lens to view the Depression era, my research and teaching has focused on how the people redefined themselves, their government, and society in this era of swirling change. I also play the guitar and sing in Cleveland and also in the Akron area with rock band called the House Popes. You can find me on facebook under Kenneth Bindas.
Using the replication of text, images, and structures, my current research examines the acceptance and legitimation of modernism during the 1930s to suggest a secular reformation lay at the heart of the Depression era and had profound influence on the decades that followed.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Thematic Encyclopedia, Daniel Leab, Kenneth J. Bindas, Alan Harris Stein, Justin Cornfield, and Steven Danver, editors ABC Clio Press, (2010).
"Re-Remembering a Segregated Past: Race in American Memory," History & Memory 22 (Spring Summer, 2010), 113-134.
Remembering the Great Depression in the Rural South, University Press of Florida; First edition (May 27, 2007, paper, 2009)
Swing, That Modern Sound, University Press of Mississippi (September 2001, paper, 2003)
All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The Summer’ Federal Music Project and American Society, 1935-1939, University of Tennessee Press (1995, Paper, 2002)
America's Musical Pulse: Popular Music in the Twentieth-Century Society, Praeger Paperback (September 30, 1992, paper 1993)
American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Oral History Association