When Franklin Roosevelt became President in 1933 in the depths of the Great Depression, unemployment was 25 percent and most banks were closed. Over the next eight years the nation climbed gradually out of depression. Millions of Americans earned paychecks through public works programs. Between 1942 and his death in 1943, Roosevelt was at the center of Allied war planning, and American factories churned out unprecedented amounts of war goods. The class will examine FDR's policies, his opponents, and the lives of American citizens in depression and war.
Age of FDR: Depression, War, and the Birth of Modern America
Monday, August 24, 2020 to Tuesday, September 15, 2020