December 16, 2021

In this issue: The Federal Writers' Project; Our Animated Short Film about Eleanor Roosevelt; FDR's Role in the Early Days of WWII; St. Nick and War Bonds; and Mrs. Roosevelt on Ice Skates.

Premiere: Soul of a People
with David Taylor
December 22, 2021, 2pm ET
As people in publishing and journalism lost their jobs during the Great Depression, the WPA started the Federal Writers’ Project. Their mandate became documenting local histories and creating a series of state guide books that changed the travel industry. FDR Director Emeritus Paul Sparrow talks to David Taylor about his book “Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America.”
Everyone Has the Right: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The FDR Library and Pare Lorentz Center's new animated film tells the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's leadership in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations.
Eleanor Roosevelt, illustration by Richard Prouse
From June 2012:

By the time if Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt had seized the powers of the American military in a way that no President since Abraham Lincoln had. Author and military historian Joseph Persico examines FDR’s role at the outset of World War II. (Video: 45:00 minutes)


This poster, produced by the US Government Printing Office to promote war bonds, was created by Adolf Arthur Dehn (American, 1895-1968) in 1942.

This film was donated to the FDR Library by the family of Marguerite LeHand.

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FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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