August 26, 2021

In this issue: Digitally Tracking the Holocaust, FDR's Shadow War Before Pearl Harbor, Frances Perkins – First Female Cabinet Member, Fala's Misadventures, the Ever-Present Sara Delano Roosevelt, and New Blue Bandanas.

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Digital Research: How Data Shines a Light on Our Past
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The digitization of archival materials helps researchers uncover history that might otherwise be overlooked. Roosevelt Institute Morgenthau Scholar Dr. Abby Gondek talks to FDR Library Supervisory Archivist Kirsten Carter about how data visualizations from 3,000 letters from the public about the Emergency Refugee Center in Oswego, NY, reveal the US government’s response through the War Refugee Board to rescue refugees during the Holocaust.
Digital Humanities FDR Library
From June 2016:
Historian Marc Wortman examines America’s secret forays into World War II prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Unlike President Wilson in the lead up to World War I, FDR pursued non-neutral actions that included sending the American Navy ever deeper into the Atlantic Ocean and Navy Airman on forays with Britain's RAF.

When FDR was elected President in 1932 there was speculation over who the President would select for his cabinet. One name that kept coming up was that of Frances Perkins. Because no woman had previously served in a presidential cabinet, any woman appointed would be closely scrutinized and be targeted for criticism.

This political pin of Fala was made by Milton Greenwald for the 1944 campaign, referencing incident mentioned in Paul Sparrow's blog below.

Fala traveled with FDR extensively, but his most mysterious and controversial voyage took place in 1944 and led to one of the most famous campaign speeches in American political history. A blog by FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow.

September 7, 2021, is the 80th anniversary of Sara Delano Roosevelt's death. FDR Library Deputy Director William Harris takes a look at this woman who liked to make her presence felt.

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