May 5, 2022

In this issue: The Living New Deal; Lorena Hickok's 1933 Travels; FDR's Own Special Tank #ArtifactRoadTrip; Part 12 of our Nuremberg Trials Series; America Enacts Lend-Lease.

"Mapping the New Deal":
A Conversation with Richard Walker
Wednesday, May 11, 2pm
The mission of the Living New Deal is three-fold: research, presentation and education. It begins with the historical work of uncovering the immense riches of New Deal public works. That research is then made available to all through digital mapping ( and a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information on the New Deal. A conversation between FDR Library Acting Director William Harris and Richard Walker.
Living New Deal
From June 2014

Author Michael Golay talks about Lorena Hickok who, as the best known female journalist in America in 1933, traveled through parts of the US most affected by the Great Depression and reported her observations back to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Author Michael Golay
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. During the President’s April 30, 1943, inspection tour of Kentucky’s Fort Knox, Master Sergeant Ivan H. Howitz, gave FDR this model tank — a visual aid used at the base’s Armored Force School.

The model reads "Franklin D. Roosevelt" on the side
As the number and ferocity of wartime atrocities increased, Nazi crimes against humanity peaked in their campaign to destroy Europe’s Jewish population. An approach of isolating and dehumanizing Jews in Germany and its occupied territories fostered growing mob violence that laid the groundwork for mass murder.

Warning: This video contains images that may be upsetting for some viewers.

By the end of 1940, Great Britain’s war effort against Germany had reached a point of crisis. On November 23, Britain’s ambassador to the U.S., Lord Lothian, arrived at New York’s La Guardia Airport where he held an impromptu press conference. “Well boys,” he announced to the assembled journalists, “Britain’s broke; it’s your money we want.”

This real tank, headed for the UK, is named
the Al Capone
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