Socialism and the Liberal Imagination
What is “democratic socialism” in contemporary America? In November 2015, with the Iowa caucuses on the horizon, Bernie Sanders finally tackled the question head-on in a much-publicized speech at Georgetown University. Democratic socialism, he told his audience, is what Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal did. FDR’s unfinished vision of a second bill of rights, an “economic bill of rights,” “is my vision today,” Sanders remarked.
Now, two and a half years later, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has vaulted onto the national political scene on a platform that sounds unmistakably familiar to students of American liberalism: Medicare for all, a job guarantee, housing programs, a new Glass-Steagall Act, and a green . . . New Deal. Democratic socialism, apparently, is less Eugene V. Debs than it is a more successful Harry Truman.
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Private world of Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled in newly found film footage
As the silent film rolls, the president sits by his wife at an outdoor gathering. A beer mug rests on his table, and dozens of people lounge on the grass while he holds court.
His shirt sleeves are rolled up. He is wearing his pince-nez glasses and reading aloud from a book. At one passage he chuckles, reaches for his cigarette in its long-stem holder and flashes his famous smile.
His thin legs, damaged by polio, are barely visible under the table.
It’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Labor Day 1934.
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Guided Tours of the FDR Suite 12/8
Come tour the Suite and enjoy some holiday cheer! Guided tours on the half-hour
Sign up required. Limited to 10 per half-hour
Fourth Annual Student Thanksgiving-Eve Reception at the FDR Suite 11/21
To paraphrase that famous crooner Bing Crosby, “We Got Plenty to be Thankful For” and every year, we like to share the bounty. Come join us at the FDR Suite as we open the doors for our students who aren’t returning home this Thanksgiving. There will be a crackling fire, music and food a-plenty!
Limited to 60. Sign up required
Classic Board Game Night @ the FDR Suite: Monopoly 10/19
Classic Board Game Night. Come play this Depression-era favorite where the New Deal began.
Open to Adams House residents and select undergraduates>
Limited to six pairs. Sign Up Required.