June 3, 2021

In this issue: A New Way to See Letters to FDR; Roosevelt Reading Festival Schedule; At the End of FDR's First 100 Days; Eleanor's Riding Jacket; and Flag Day.

Researcher Spotlight: Writing FDR
Wednesday, June 9, 2:00pm
Dr. Christopher Brockman talks with Kirsten Carter, Head of the FDR Library's Archives, about his study of historical letters to FDR from the people of the United States. Brockman explores a vast array of public reactions to Fireside Chats and shares a digital tool he created to visualize them.

FDR Library Atrium
Annual Roosevelt Reading Festival
Our annual reading festival continues this year in a live virtual format.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:00 p.m. YouTube»
Eric Rauchway
Why the New Deal Matters

6:00 p.m. YouTube»
John A. Riggs
High Tension: FDR's Battle to Power America

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2:00 p.m. YouTube»
Jan Jarboe Russell
Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt's Search for Freedom and Identity in New York's Greenwich Village

4:00 p.m. YouTube»
David Levering Lewis
The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Thursday, June 17, 2021
4:00 p.m. YouTube»
Neville Thompson
The Third Man: Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, and the Untold Friendships that Won World War II

6:00 p.m. YouTube»
Howard Blum
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
Roosevelt Reading Festival
From June 2008:
Historian Anthony Badger explores FDR's first one hundred days (which ended June 16, 1933) recounting the record number of bills that President Roosevelt sent to Congress and the beginning of the New Deal.


Eleanor Roosevelt kept and rode horses throughout her life. This riding outfit was made by the Kauffman Saddlery Co. In the photo above, she is wearing the outfit while riding Patches alongside Elinor Morgenthau in Washington, D.C.

This World War II poster features Lewis Ward (left) and Walter Shippe (right) at work on a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft.

In June 1933, at the end of his first 100 days in office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went sailing aboard the Amberjack II with Eleanor Roosevelt, family, and friends from Marion, Massachusetts, to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.

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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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