The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ira Katznelson examines the pivotal New Deal era through a sweeping international lens that shows democracy struggling against enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time argues that a small group of Southern lawmakers protected American democracy during the 1930s and 1940s, even as they safeguarded racial segregation. 


Ira Katznelson

Comments [6]

Bob from Menlo Park, NJ

Mr. Katznelson would like listeners to believe that southern Democrats were really Republicans. Left unexplained is why they consistently voted for Democrats of all stripes right up to and including Bill Clinton who started his political career helping the racist William Fulbright. In the 50s and 60s Democrats were running segregationists for vice president.

Mar. 13 2013 05:02 PM

Leonard why do u always ask your question pause and then finish the question. This habit might confuse the answerer as well as the listeners. Perhaps u could ask your questions all at once.

Mar. 11 2013 01:54 PM

Has Congress ever passed a anti lynching law?

Mar. 11 2013 01:51 PM
Robert from NYC

Casa Italiana at Columbia University was established during Mussolini's reign promoting Italian Studies. "Fascist money" was donated for the program and structure.

Mar. 11 2013 01:38 PM
tom from licity

Could contemporary China be seen as an argument for the benefits of some New Deal policies on the domestic economy -- look how their growth, infrastructure, etc. are rising thanks to government support. Also, like southern US States, they are keeping their human rights abuses intact.

Mar. 11 2013 01:35 PM
tom from astoria

Isn't there a huge underlying struggle right now between repealing the New Deal and expanding it? Is team Obama/Roosevelt gradually turning the tide from Reagan's demonizing of government"

Mar. 11 2013 01:06 PM

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