November 5, 2020

In this issue: Gifts from Vets to FDR, James Lacey on FDR's War Team, Eleanor's Red Cross Uniform, 1940's Election, FDR and ER Campaign in Pittsburgh.

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On Veterans Day Americans celebrate the service of our military veterans. This year, spend some time with us on Veterans Day to learn the stories behind some remarkable paintings, drawings, and handmade objects that members of America's military created as gifts for President Roosevelt.

From June 2019:
FDR realized that winning the war was going to require a whole new team of advisors – and a largely different one from those who took on the New Deal. Military historian James Lacey takes a look at FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power that Won World War II. Broadcast by CSPAN (Video 41:17 minutes).


U is for Uniform. Eleanor Roosevelt wore this winter weight Red Cross uniform during her 25,000 mile tour of the South Pacific in August-September 1943 as a representative of the American Red Cross.

Arguably the most important presidential election in history, 1940 saw the return of FDR to office for an unprecedented third term. If Wendell Willkie had been elected and Roosevelt defeated the outcome of World War II might have been very different.

Two short silent films of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in Pittsburgh, 1940. Links to both films below.

Eleanor on the campaign trail in Pittsburgh, 1940

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"Whatever our individual circumstances or opportunities, we are all in it, and our spirit is good... and do not let anyone tell you anything different." FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.

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