January 13, 2022

In this issue: the Wisdom of Franklin and Eleanor Live; the Four Freedoms; the Casablanca Conference; the War Production Board; and the First January Inaugural.

2022: Resolutions
the Roosevelts and You
January 19, 2022, 2pm ET
Keeping those New Year's resolutions can be difficult even in the best of times. Fortify your 2022 resolutions with wisdom and insight from two people who saw this country through some of the worst times of the 20th century, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Hosted by FDR Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin.
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

FDR delivered his Four Freedoms speech on January 6, 1941. PBS Open Mind host Alexander Heffner talks with historian and author Harvey Kaye about President Roosevelt's capacity to articulate the American ideal. (Broadcast on CSPAN, 58:02 minutes)

A small commemorative scrimshaw cup carved from what is likely a piece of walrus tusk. The maker of this cup, John Misikin, likely created it as a gift for Franklin D. Roosevelt's January 30, 1937 birthday.

In January, 1943, President Roosevelt embarked on a secret mission that would determine the course of World War Two, and ultimately the world we live in today. His destination – Casablanca, Morocco. His goal – to finalize Allied military plans with the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

Mr Churchill with President Roosevelt and
Chiefs of Staff
The War Production Board (WPB) was an agency of the United States government that supervised war production during World War II, established in January, 1942, to develop and execute policies relating to the production of defense materials. It was established by President Roosevelt with Executive Order 9024.

FDR’s first inauguration in 1933 was the last inauguration held in March. The inauguration date was changed with the passage of the 20th Amendment, which moved the date up to January 20th.

FDR’s second inauguration in 1937 was historic because it was the first one held on January 20th. FDR’s 1936 victory was the largest landslide in American history, winning 523 electoral votes, or 98.49%.

President Roosevelt watching the Inaugural Parade from a replica of Andrew Jackson’s “Hermitage” in front of the White House. January 20, 1937.
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FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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