Book Discussion on Five Days in Philadelphia

Charles Peters talked about his book Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing “We Want Willkie!” Convention of 1940 and How It… read more

Charles Peters talked about his book Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing “We Want Willkie!” Convention of 1940 and How It Freed FDR to Save the Western World, published by PublicAffairs. He described the fight for the Republican presidential nomination at the Republican convention in June 1940, giving a detailed overview of candidates Tom Dewey, Robert Taft, Arthur Vandenberg and Wendell Willkie. He described the floor rallies, rousing speeches, backroom deals, and terrifying international news that led to dark-horse candidate Wendell Willkie’s nomination at the convention. Mr. Peters described the Republican convention events as significant to Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie’s bipartisan alliance which helped the U.S. on the eve of World War II. After his presentation the author responded to audience members' questions.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum hosted the Roosevelt Reading Festival III in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. Authors of recently published works that drew upon the Roosevelt Library archives presented author talks. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on Five Days in Philadelphia

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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Hyde Park, New York, United States
First Aired:
Aug 19, 2006
Last Aired:
Aug 26, 2012

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  • Aug 19, 2006 | 8:14pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 20, 2006 | 2:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Aug 26, 2012 | 6:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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