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The Roosevelt Era: America 1932-1945 ~ 8 Thursdays, Jul 9 to Aug 27, 7PM

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains the outstanding president of the modern era. How do historians today assess his leadership during the Great Depression and the Second World War? Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. 8 Thursdays, July 9 to August 27, 2020, 7:00PM

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Few Americans today have memories of the Roosevelt presidency: anyone who was 15 in 1945 would be 90 today.  Yet FDR remains the outstanding president of the modern era, and his presidency is still the one against which all subsequent presidencies have been measured.  (On most lists of the greatest presidents in American history, he is number 3, with only Lincoln and Washington above him.)  How do historians today assess his leadership during the two great crises of the twentieth century, the Great Depression and the Second World War?  By what alchemy did he convert his personal history of privilege and trauma into a leadership style and a worldview that served him and his country well for more than a dozen crucial years in modern American history?  And how did American society and culture change over the course of his presidency? Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. 8 Thursdays, July 9 to August 27, 2020, 7:00PM

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.