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  • emFDRem
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    Jean Edward Smith talked about his biography FDR, published by Random House. Professor Smith researched President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s private and public life which included his battle with polio,…

  • emBlack Culture and the New Dealem
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    Black Culture and the New Deal

    Lauren Sklaroff talked about her book Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). In her book she examines New Deal…

  • emFive Days in Philadelphiaem
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    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 Freed FDR to Save the Western World, published by PublicAffairs. He…

  • The New Deal Arts and History Programs
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    The New Deal: Arts and History Programs

    A panel discussion was held on the historical impact of the Works Progress Administration’s culture and history programs. The programs included federal funding for art, writers, theatre and music projects. After…

  • The New Deal Social Security and Labor Relations
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    The New Deal: Social Security and Labor Relations

    A panel discussion was held on the historical impact of the 1935 Social Security Act and the National Labor Relations Act on American life and society, as well as the current state of Social Security and labor…

  • emFranklin Delano Rooseveltem
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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Alan Brinkley, former provost of Columbia University, talked about his book Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Oxford University Press, 2009). He recounts the life of the thirty-second president…

  • emFDRs Alphabet Soupem
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    FDR's Alphabet Soup

    Tonya Bolden talked about her book for middle-school children, FDR’s Alphabet Soup: New Deal America 1932-1939 (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010). Ms. Bolden’s book examines President Franklin…

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    Masters and Commanders

    Historian Andrew Roberts talked about his book Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (Harper, 2009; Harper Perennial, 2010). In his book he describes the…

  • emFDRs Shadowem
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    FDR's Shadow

    Julie Fenster talked about her book FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). In her book she recounts the life of Louis Howe, aid…

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    Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill

    Stephen Ortiz talked about his book Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era (New York University Press, 2009). In his book he presents a history of…

  • emRoosevelt the Great Depression and the Economics of Recoveryem
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    Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the Economics of Recovery

    Elliot Rosen talked about his book Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the Economics of Recovery, published by the University of Virginia Press. Professor Rosen chronicled the New Deal economic…

  • Presidential Library Collections
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    Presidential Library Collections

    Mr. Weinstein moderated a town hall meeting of the directors of the presidential libraries on educational and outreach programs at the libraries, as well as public education programs and…

  • emFranklin and Lucyem
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    Franklin and Lucy

    Historian Joseph Persico talked about his book Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherford, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life, and he responded to questions from the audience. The…

  • Presidential Libraries
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    Presidential Libraries

    The directors of ten of the twelve presidential libraries talked about the latest developments at their libraries, preserving and using presidential papers and memorabilia, and the…

  • emToo Close to the Sunem
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    Too Close to the Sun

    Curtis Roosevelt, eldest grandson of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, recounts his relationship with his grandfather and grandmother and his time spent with them in the White…

  • emThe Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Stormem
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    The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm

    Will Swift talked about his booik The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London, 1938-1940 (Collins; April 29, 2008). In his book Will Swift recounts the U.S.…

  • emThe Defining Moment FDRem
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    The Defining Moment: FDR

    Mr. Alter talked about his book, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, published by Simon and Schuster. In his book Mr. Alter chronicles Franklin Roosevelt’s…

  • emMr Democratem
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    Mr. Democrat

    Daniel Scroop talked about his book Mr. Democrat: Jim Farley, the New Deal and the Making of Modern American Politics, published by University of Michigan Press. Jim Farley was President Franklin…

  • emA New Deal for the Worldem
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    A New Deal for the World

    Elizabeth Borgwardt talked about her book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, published by Belknap Press. The book chronicles the New Deal era and the effects such…

  • Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library

    The second in a series on presidential libraries focused on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life and career through rarely seen film and sound recordings, as well as letters, documents and artifacts collected from…

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