April 22, 2021

In this issue: Happy 115th Birthday Anna Roosevelt (pictured above), FDR's Fireside Chat Microphone, the Impact of the Atlantic Charter on Human Rights, a Poem Found in Eleanor Roosevelt's Wallet, FDR and the Oscars, A Visit to Tulsa's Douglas Aircraft, Birds of Paradise in the Library Collection, A 1941 Victory Garden.

FDR'S Conversation With America
Wednesday, April 28, 2pm
Franklin Roosevelt was a master of radio – the fastest growing mass medium of the 1930s and 1940s. His famous radio “Fireside Chats" were major media events that attracted tens of millions of listeners. Find out how FDR used the radio to forge a powerful connection with the American public. Hosted by FDR Library Supervisory Curator Herman Eberhardt. Herman will be available for live Q&A in the Facebook comments.
FDR Fireside Chat microphone
From June 2007:
American historian and lawyer Elizabeth Borgwardt examines the impact of the Atlantic Charter and the New Deal on modern day human rights, foreign policy, and the global economy, arguing that, for the first time, the interests of the people were placed before the interests of national governments.

American historian and lawyer Elizabeth Borgwardt

This handwritten poem, “Outwitted” by Edwin Markham, was among the items found inside Eleanor Roosevelt’s wallet after her death.

With the Oscars upon us for the 93rd time, we highlight President Roosevelt’s address to the 13th annual ceremony on February 27, 1941, honoring films released in 1940. FDR was the first President to address the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at their annual awards celebration.

During his far-flung wartime inspection tours, President Roosevelt often received models and other gifts from workers and staff in defense factories and military facilities. Workers at a Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, gave him this model of the Douglas A-26 Bomber during his April 19, 1943 inspection visit.

The FDR Library holds many remarkable and valuable personal items collected by Franklin Roosevelt; historic prints and manuscripts, paintings, ship models and of course books. His world-class collection of first edition illustrated books on ornithology, including all of the John James Audubon (1785-1851) editions is truly extraordinary. A blog by FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow.

In this World War II era short film, a family in Maryland decides to grow a Victory Garden. The film shows each step necessary from planning to harvest. The entire family takes part as two successive planting are done in Spring and Summer. (Video, 20:26 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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