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David Woolner
David Woolner is senior vice president of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park New York, and associate professor of history at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York. A specialist in Anglo-American relations and U.S. foreign and economic policy under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dr. Woolner has delivered papers on FDR’s foreign and domestic policy in Canada, the United States, France, Russia, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Korea. His publications include a number of articles, op-ed pieces and reviews. He is the co-editor with Warren Kimball and David Reynolds of FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies; with Henry Henderson of FDR and the Environment; and with Richard Kurial of FDR, the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church in America, 1933-1945. He is also the editor of The Second Quebec Conference Revisited: Waging War, Formulating Peace; Canada, Great Britain and the United States in 1944-1945, and is the author of a book entitled The Frustrated Idealists: Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden and the Search for Anglo-American Cooperation, 1933-1938 (forthcoming). In the fall of 2007, Dr. Woolner was awarded a Churchill Archives By-Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge in support of his research on Anglo-American relations during the latter stages of the Second World War. In 1996, Dr. Woolner was named an Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Fellow by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Dr. Woolner holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from McGill University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature and History with a minor in Latin from the University of Minnesota. In addition to Marist College, he has taught at McGill University and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Entries by David Woolner

Seeking the Four Freedoms Is as Important Today as It Was 74 Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 8:12 PM

Hillary Clinton's decision to hold the first major public rally of her campaign at Four Freedoms Park in New York City reminds us not only of the many challenges the United States has faced in the past, but also the many challenges we face today as we seek to build...

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What the History of the World Wars Can Tell Us About the Deeper Struggles at Work in Iraq

(8) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 2:51 PM

The very philosophy of the Axis powers is based on a profound contempt for the human race. If, in the formation of our future policy, we were guided by the same cynical contempt, then we should be surrendering to the philosophy of our enemies, and our victory would turn...

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The State of the Union Then and Now: Raising the Minimum Wage is Still a Good Idea

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:35 AM

We have not only seen minimum wage and maximum hour provisions prove their worth economically and socially under government auspices in 1933, 1934 and 1935, but the people of this country, by an overwhelming vote, are in favor of having the Congress -- this Congress -- put a floor below...
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Progressivism in America: Are We Opening a New Chapter in Our Book of Self-Government?

(21) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 4:14 PM

The results of this week's elections have led to a good deal of speculation in the press about the repudiation of the hard right among the American electorate. Democrat Terry McAuliffe's victory over Tea Party-backed Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race and Republican Governor Chris Christie's impressive reelection win...

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The Larger Issue at Stake in the Shutdown: The Role of Government

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:05 PM

The recent news that there has been a shift in tone in the debate between congressional Republicans and the White House over the government shutdown has been greeted as a welcome development in much of the press and on Wall Street, where, in response to rumors of an...

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The Ongoing Crisis Demands Jobs, Not Deficit Reduction

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 7:50 PM

"Now, the rise and fall of national income -- since they tell the story of how much you and I and everybody else are making -- are an index of the rise and fall of national prosperity. They are also an index of the prosperity of your Government. The money...
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The Real State of the Union Requires a Stronger Government

(8) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:19 PM

We of the Republic sensed the truth that democratic government has innate capacity to protect its people against disasters once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable...

In this we Americans were discovering no wholly new truth; we were writing a new chapter in our book of self-government...

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The Bad GDP Report Is a Warning Not to Create Another Roosevelt Recession

(12) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 3:29 PM

The only real capital of a nation is its natural resources and its human beings. So long as we take care of and make the most of both of them, we shall survive as a strong nation, a successful nation and a progressive nation -- whether or not the bookkeepers...

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Leading From Behind Is No Way to Lead: What a Second-term Obama Can Learn From FDR

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 10:06 AM

"My fellow countrymen. When four years ago we met to inaugurate a President, the Republic, single-minded in anxiety, stood in spirit here. We dedicated ourselves to the fulfillment of a vision -- to speed the time when there would be for all the people that security and peace essential to...
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The American People Are Ready for Leadership in the Wake of Obama's Victory

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Today we re-consecrate our country to long-cherished ideals in a suddenly changed civilization. In every land there are always at work forces that drive men apart and forces that draw men together. In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a...
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Romney's 47 Percent Remarks Reflect the Mentality FDR Fought Against

(12) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:21 PM

But here is the challenge to our democracy: In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens--a substantial part of its whole population--who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life...

I see one-third...

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FDR's New Deal Shattered the Austerity Myth

(13) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:51 PM

To balance our budget in 1933 or 1934 or 1935 would have been a crime against the American people. To do so we should either have had to make a capital levy that would have been confiscatory, or we should have had to set our face against human suffering with...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Socialist or "Champion of Freedom"?

(53) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Cross-posted from Next New Deal.

In recommending this program I am thinking not only of the immediate economic needs of the people of the Nation, but also of their personal liberties -- the most precious possession of all Americans. I am thinking of our democracy. I am...

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FDR Alleviated Americans' Anger and Suffering Through Action

(24) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 1:47 PM

The news that President Obama has decided to establish a special new task force to investigate abusive and fraudulent lending practices during the housing boom, coupled with yesterday's announcement of a $26 billion settlement aimed at providing relief to struggling home owners, will certainly be greeted as welcome...

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130 Years After His Birth, We Still Live in FDR's World

(24) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 10:45 AM

Government has a final responsibility for the well-being of its citizenship. If private cooperative endeavor fails to provide work for willing hands and relief for the unfortunate, those suffering hardship from no fault of their own have a right to call upon the Government for aid; and a...

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FDR's Response to Pearl Harbor: Economic Freedom as Vital National Security Policy

(9) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12:21 PM

Mr. Vice President, and Mr. Speaker, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire...

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A Feast for the 1%, a Famine for the One Third

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 1:28 PM

[H]ere is the challenge to our democracy: In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens -- a substantial part of its whole population -- who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities...

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FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis by Putting Americans to Work -- Not Handing Out Pink Slips

(37) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 2:54 PM

"Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the...

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Forgetting Lessons of Keynes and FDR Brings On the 'Obama Recession'

(68) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 8:20 PM

When FDR ignored the Keynesian tenet that cutting spending in a downturn spells disaster, he paid dearly. Obama is set to relearn this lesson the hard way.

"The economic experiments of President Roosevelt may prove, I think, to be of extraordinary importance in economic history, because for the first time...

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FDR and Labor: Earning Our Way Out of the Great Recession

(115) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 12:36 PM

In a recent editorial in the New York Times, former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich writes that this Labor Day promises to be one of the worst in decades. Organized labor, he notes, is down to a mere seven percent of the private work force; unemployment remains high; and...

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