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Immigration, Isolationism, and FDR

September 6, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Lecture by Professor C. Paul Vincent

It is generally understood that when Franklin Roosevelt became president in March 1933, he shouldered the burden of the worst economic crisis in American history.  Yet, fraught as the Great Depression surely was, it was backdropped by other concerns that grew in both severity and importance as his presidency progressed.  Among these were (1) a powerful inclination, stemming from America’s involvement in World War I, to shortsightedly forego international political commitments and, linked with this isolationist impulse, (2) establishment under his three predecessors of an increasingly restrictive immigration system.  This talk aims to outline the complicated linkage between immigration and isolation on the one hand and the growing international threat, largely embodied by Nazi Germany, that Roosevelt believed America faced as the 1930s advanced.

Admission is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Please use the form below or call 603-569-1212 for reservations as seated is limited. Museum doors open at 6pm program begins at 7pm.

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September 6, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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