Post Tagged with: "FDR"

CWA workers building a library in Maryland.

The Emergency Jobs Program of 1933-34

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 21, 2020—When FDR’s relief expert Harry Hopkins told FDR about the looming emergency for tens of millions of Americans in the winter of 1933-34, FDR authorized action. If nothing were done, Hopkins had said, people would starve en masse. Immediate action was needed, because, as he […]

by November 21, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

A Report on the AHA Society’s Book Club Discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 22, 2020—The Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society did another public service with its Oct. 18 book club discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott. The event provoked a lively and informative discussion countering […]

by October 24, 2020 1 comment Alexander Hamilton, News
FDR signing Glass-Steagall in June 1933.

A Timely Argument for Glass-Steagall

By Nancy Spannaus* Oct. 14, 2020—The Oct. 2 release of Arthur Wilmarth’s new book calling for a new Glass-Steagall law is timely, and critical.  Unfortunately, it is not clear that the relevant political figures are yet prepared to listen. Wilmarth’s book is entitled Taming the Megabanks: Why We Need a […]

by October 14, 2020 0 comments Glass-Steagall, News
FDR speaks to the nation at his Inaugural

Nation at a Crossroads, Just like 1933

By Angela Vullo September 29, 2020–Ask yourself: Would our country exist today if Franklin Roosevelt had not been elected President? During his four terms, President Roosevelt was faced with two foes, one domestic and one foreign, with an ominous overlap between the two. In the same year that Roosevelt was […]

by October 1, 2020 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s 1936 Acceptance Speech

Sept. 2, 2020—My reaction to watching most of the Democratic and Republican conventions can be summed up in one phrase: Wall Street is the winner. Neither party has taken on the reality of the economic and social collapse which the predatory Wall Street financial system has wrought, nor has it […]

by September 2, 2020 3 comments Commentary, History
CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 1 comment History, News
Construction workers in New York City (Columbia University)

Minority Contractors Want an Infrastructure Bank

April 27, 2020—The National Association of Minority Contractors has joined the movement for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). In a statement issued April 24, the group urged Congress to establish a bank capitalized by existing Treasury debt, which would generate $4 trillion credit dedicated to rebuilding the […]

An image of the coronavirus published by the Philadelphia government.

Urgent Lessons of the WWII Mobilization

By Stuart Rosenblatt   March 23, 2020–As the horrible reality of the coronavirus contagion begins to sink in, there is now much talk about a “World War II Mobilization” or a “New Marshall Plan” to attack the crisis.  This is now all to the good, albeit a bit tardy to the […]

by March 23, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s Environmentalism: Improve Nature for Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus (Sept. 24, 2019–Yes, we need to improve nature! I am reprinting this article because I believe it is crucial to resurrect the thinking of the author of the original New Deal, in order to address the array of crises being faced by this nation, and the world. […]

by September 24, 2019 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure