February 25, 2021

Women's Suffrage, Paul Sparrow at the WWII Museum, Charissa Threat on Nursing Civil Rights and WWII, Cab Calloway, Eleanor Resigns from the DAR, and FDR's March Inauguration.

Two of the National Park Service's leading experts on the Women's Rights Movement join in a conversation with FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow to discuss the struggle for Women's Suffrage. From the convention at Seneca Falls to the passage of the 19th Amendment, the fight for equality laid the foundation for the work of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Live Q&A in the comments.
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow will discuss the Morgenthau Collection at the FDR Library, and author Alexandra Richie will discuss Holocaust Memories in Eastern Europe. Moderated by Jason Dawsey, PhD. Presented by the National World War II Museum.

From June 2018:
Chapman University history professor Charissa Threat (at Spellman College at time of broadcast) looks at the different struggles that African American women and white men faced in breaking into the Army Nurse Corps. Broadcast by CSPAN (47:15 minutes)

Author and Professor Dr. Charissa Threat of Chapman University

This autographed conductor's baton was used by Cab Calloway for 10 years, since he started as an orchestra leader. He considered it his most cherished possession. It was sent to FDR on July 15, 1941.

In January, 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let renowned African American contralto Marian Anderson perform in Constitution Hall, their Washington, DC auditorium. Seeking to signal her disapproval, ER invited Anderson to perform at the White House, and on February 26, she resigned from the DAR.

In 1933, FDR became the last President to be sworn into office on March 4th. Outgoing President Herbert Hoover attended the ceremonies, riding with the President-elect to the US Capitol, if not in good humor, at least with the strength of character and dignity that marked his life and career. A new blog from FDR Library Deputy Director William Harris.

Excerpts from President Roosevelt's first inaugural address,
March 4, 1933, including his famous "fear" statement. (Video, 7:20 minutes)

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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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