History

Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

FDR’s Hundred Days, 85th Anniversary: Profound Crises Require Real Leadership

Book Review by John Ascher   Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, Adam Cohen Penguin Press, 2009, 372 pp.   April 21, 2018–Outstanding amongst the more recent portrayals of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “100 Days” is the account in Nothing to Fear, the […]

by April 21, 2018 Commentary, Glass-Steagall, History
Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

How the TVA Transformed the Tennessee Valley

The following is an excerpt from a 2011 article by Marsha Freeman, entitled Roosevelt’s TVA: The Development Program that Transformed a Region and Inspired the World. It is published with her permission. The full article can be found here.  Electricity for All The first challenge facing the Tennessee Valley Authority […]

by April 10, 2018 History
Second Bank of the United States

America’s Stunning Growth Under the Second National Bank

By Anton Chaitkin The following is an excerpt from a longer article, published in 2012, on the industrial progress of the United States which Andrew Jackson acted to destroy. It describes the collaboration between the Bank, state and local governments, the military, and President John Quincy Adams during his term […]

by April 5, 2018 History
FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

March 20, 2018–Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal model  is still relevant today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur recognizes with her 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act (H.R. 2206). Read about a part of that model below. March 18, 1933 began the second phase of FDR’s “Hundred Days” program, the one devoted explicitly to […]

by March 20, 2018 History, Infrastructure
Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Jan. 16, 2018–It is inconceivable that the American System of Hamilton and Washington could have come into being without the role of elder statesman Benjamin Franklin. We celebrated Ben’s birthday on January 17; he was born in 1706 in Boston, and died in 1790. Franklin represents everything unique and positive […]

by January 16, 2018 History
December 1, 1936: President Franklin Roosevelt Opens the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace

December 1, 1936: President Franklin Roosevelt Opens the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace

By Pamela Lowry   On December 1, 1936, Franklin Roosevelt gave the keynote address at the opening of a major pan-American conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The world situation was grim, with fascism already in power in Italy and Germany, and threatening to take over Spain, through the conflict known […]

by November 28, 2017 History
A Page from FDR’s Recovery Program: Nov. 8, 1933

A Page from FDR’s Recovery Program: Nov. 8, 1933

Nov. 8, 2017—Despite the significant measures which President Roosevelt had taken during his first six months in office, he was well aware that it was not enough to prevent horrible privation during the upcoming winter months. So, on Nov. 8, 1933 President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order establishing the Civil […]

by November 8, 2017 History
FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

The following was written in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but the lessons apply today with the mega-disaster of Hurricane Harvey. by Stuart Rosenblatt   Among the more brilliant accomplishments of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the creation of a mobile workforce that could be […]

by August 29, 2017 History, Infrastructure, News
On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

by Pam Lowry In the spring of 1935, it was obvious to President Roosevelt that more measures would have to be taken to put Americans back to work. The Civilian Conservation Corps was providing work and income for young men and for a large group of veterans, and the large-scale […]

by August 5, 2017 History
How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

By Pam Lowry “We must get up early, for we have a large territory; we have to cut down the forests, dig canals, and make railroads all over the country.” (A West Point cadet to a foreign visitor, 1854.)   All the military guests at the glittering banquet in the […]

by July 16, 2017 History