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Franklin Roosevelt, Fiorello La Guardia, and the New Deal in New York City


September 16, 2010

Mason Williams, writer in residence at The New York Public Library's Allen Room, will present “Franklin Roosevelt, Fiorello La Guardia, and the New Deal in New York City”.  It is a treatment of the close and at times tumultuous relationship between two of the most successful popular politicians of the 20th century, President Franklin Roosevelt and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.  The talk will explore how Roosevelt’s New Deal, to which La Guardia contributed both political support and policy ideas, shaped New York City’s politics in the thirties and forties and helped to create the mode of politics characteristic of New York in the decades following World War II.  It will look at Roosevelt and La Guardia’s unlikely personal relationship, consider what the New Deal programs did (and did not do) in New York, and ask why Roosevelt and La Guardia were able to forge extraordinary connections with the public.

Mason Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University.  His first book, on the subject of this lecture, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton.

Please join us as four authors from the Research Study Rooms of The New York Public Library present free and open public lectures on various aspects of our 32nd president.  All will be held in the South Court Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd and Fifth Avenue.  Other presentations will be

Robert Klara, FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance, Thursday, September 23rd, and

Hazel Rowley and Ellen Feldman will engage in a wide-ranging conversation about FDR’s women: Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucy Rutherford Mercer, Tuesday, November 9th.