FDR: The Making of the American Century

Jeremi Suri
Jeremi Suri
University of Texas

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The author and editor of eleven books on politics and foreign policy, his most recent is entitled: Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy. His other books include: The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest OfficeLiberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama; Henry Kissinger and the American Century; and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente. A popular public lecturer and frequent news commentator, his writings appear in The New York Times, the Washington PostWall Street Journal, CNN.com, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, and other media. Professor Suri’s writing and teaching have received numerous prizes, including the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Contributions to the Liberal Arts. Professor Suri hosts the weekly podcast, “This is Democracy.”

 

Overview

This lecture will examine the transformational presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. How did this scion of America’s elite inspire hope in millions of suffering citizens during the Great Depression? How did he re-design the purposes and expectations of American government through the New Deal?

The lecture will show how domestic policy was connected to foreign policy, particularly President Roosevelt’s successful efforts to defeat fascism and re-make the international order. The lecture will investigate President Roosevelt’s ideas, his leadership style, and his legacies for contemporary American domestic and foreign policy.

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