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To do our part during this period of social distancing, we will be assembling a weekly digest of online programs, resources, and diversions.

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Upcoming Programs

Lucretia Mott's Heresy with Carol Faulker 
Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2pm Facebook Premiere
Lucretia Mott was viewed in her time as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial equality and women's rights. Join the Roosevelt Library and the Mid Hudson Antislavery History Project – in conjunction with the National Archives Foundation's "Rightfully Hers" programming with support from Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi – for a discussion with Mott historian Professor Carol Faulkner and FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow..
Available online»




Conversations: The Hoover Roosevelt Transition 
Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2pm Facebook Premiere
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow hosts a conversation with Hoover Library Director Thomas Schwartz about the relationship between the two men during the 1932 campaign and the transition between their presidencies, examining their different philosophies in the role of government and the protection of individual liberty and freedom.
Available online»


A Date Which Will Live in Infamy 
Wednesday, Dec 2th, 2pm Facebook Live with Q&A
The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, caught America off guard and galvanized support for the war. What motivated the Japanese and why weren't we more prepared? Hosted by FDR Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin.
Available online»

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Program Archives

The Countdown to Pearl Harbor» 
From June 2017:
FDR wrote a letter to the Emperor of Japan the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, asking him to help dispel the tensions between the two nations. It never reached the Emperor's hands because the civilian government in Japan was blocking US communications. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Twomey examines the 12 days before Pearl Harbor. Broadcast by CSPAN (Video 43:57 minutes).
Available online»

More from the Program Archives
The New Deal: Social Security and Labor Relations»
Julie Fenster and FDR's Shadow» 
Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence»
FDR's Gatekeeper Missy LeHand» 
The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm»
Stephen Drury Smith on Eleanor Roosevelt's Radio Broadcast Career» 
Mordecai Lee on World War II Propaganda» 
Charissa Threat on Nursing and Civil Rights» 
Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II»
Anthony Badger and FDR's First 100 Days»
The New Deal and FDR's Alphabet Soup»
Creating Jobs and Hope in the Great Depression»
FDR a Man of Destiny»
Historian Mary Jo Binker on Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice column (Oct 2018)»
Historians Michael Beschloss and Susan Dunn on FDR and presidential leadership (Jun 2019)»

Resources For Parents and Teachers

Our education specialist has assembled 21 smart, fun activities for youth at home, that occupy young hands and minds while requiring minimal adult supervision.

View all 21 activities»

Previous Guides
Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Life in Pictures» 
A Majority of Minorities: ER Supports JFK in the 1960 Presidential Election» 
Eleanor Roosevelt on Human Rights»
Eleanor Roosevelt's Human Rights Speech»
Four Freedoms Speech Teaching Guide»
The Presidency and the Supreme Court Teaching Guide»
Inaugural Address Curriculum Hub»
Red Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen»
Eleanor Roosevelt – Inspiring Women to Lead»
Investigating the Holocaust Teacher Guide»
Civics Teacher Guide 2020»
All FDR Teaching Guides»

Other Resources
FRANKLIN digital archives and virtual research room»
The Periodic Table of the New Deal»
Helpful Hints for Students Doing Research»
Understanding Document Based Research»

Features Stories of the Week

#MuseumAlphabet Artifact» 
W is for Wheelchair. FDR used this wheelchair during his frequent visits to the Roosevelt Library from 1941-1945. The wheelchair is one of several built to his specifications. FDR had workers cut the legs off of an ordinary wooden chair and mount it to a custom-designed chassis.
Available online» 



FDR's Thanksgiving 1943» 
On November 25, 1943, Thanksgiving Day, FDR was in Cairo with Winston Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek. This handwritten page is from FDR’s diary of the Cairo and Teheran conferences.
He writes about hosting a dinner with two turkeys he brought from home.
Available online»






Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Thanksgiving Proclamation 
At the beginning of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday; it was up to the President to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation to announce on what date the holiday would fall. His 1939 announcement would result in some controversy.
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Short History Film of the Week» 
This week's short film, Red Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen, examines the first African American airmen to fly in World War II. (28:18 minutes)
Available online»

Previous Features
Keep on Trucking: Esoterica from the FDR Library Files» 
The Federal Writers’ Project»
Rare Footage: FDR Addresses the National Institute of Health 
Teenagers and their selfies» 
The Good Luck Charm: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the 1920 Democratic National Convention» 
Hidden Treasures: FDR’s Rare Bird Books» 
The Art of War: American Poster Art 1941-1945» 
New Deal Art»
Unpretentious History: Alma Van Curan and the FDR Library Logbooks»
Pomp and Circumstance: The Other State Visit of 1939»
May 1940: President Roosevelt and the German Invasion of the Low Countries»
New Online Museum Portal Beta Preview» 
More than a Moment for the Nation: The Presidential Funeral of FDR»
The 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Death: His True Legacy – Leadership in Times of Crisis»
Travel with FDR and Eleanor»
“FDR and the Dust Bowl” Short Film Narrated by CBS News’ Bill Whitaker»
Important Facts about FDR’s Dog Fala»
Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt»
Eleanor's Resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution»
FDR’s Labor Secretary Was the First Female Cabinet Member»