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. Since 2014 Kenneth Bindas has taught Modern Italian History and Culture in the Florence Summer Institute.
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