The New Deal, 75 Years Later

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover in convertible automobile on way to U.S. Capitol for Roosevelt's inauguration, March 4, 1933

Some of the most stirring and enduring words ever spoken by an American president were uttered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and “a date which will live in infamy,” among them.

But few of his words more dramatically reshaped the country than when, in 1932, Roosevelt pledged to pursue a “new deal” for the American people. Almost exactly 75 years ago, following his inauguration on March 4, 1933, he launched the series of reforms and relief measures that would comprise the New Deal, along with several new agencies with acronyms that reminded some of “alphabet soup.”

Three-quarters of a century later, on March 13 and 14, 2008, the Library’s American Folklife Center, in collaboration with several other divisions, will host a symposium titled “Art, Culture, and Government: The New Deal at 75.” (Online registration is available here.)

The event will combine scholarship along with views into the Library’s collections, which continue to yield new insights into this seminal period in American history.

The symposium is supported by the National Archives and the National New Deal Preservation Association.

(Image of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt from the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog)

2 Comments

  1. Dave
    February 28, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Watch for some FDR references in the next few weeks from Hillary and Obama. I’m guessing that the New Deal theme might appear in some speeches.

  2. closets
    March 4, 2008 at 11:50 am

    FDR is the rare case of the right man materializing at the right moment in history. His strength of character completely overshadowed his descretely concealed physical weaknesses.

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.