Tag Archives: World War II

The Casablanca Conference – Unconditional Surrender

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director In January, 1943, President Roosevelt embarked on a secret mission that would determine the course of World War Two, and ultimately the world we live in today. His destination – Casablanca, Morocco. His goal – … Continue reading

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Day of Infamy

By Paul M. Sparrow, FDR Library Director It was the worst day of his presidency, the worst day of his life – and the worst military defeat in American history. President Franklin Roosevelt’s beloved Navy lay in smoking ruins in … Continue reading

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Socialite, and Spy Master: Vincent Astor, FDR’s Area Controller of Intelligence for New York

By William Villano, Astor Project Digital Curator Shortly after 10:00 am on Tuesday morning May 27, 1941 the tall, thin, well dressed gentleman approached Hudson Terminal. His fine tailored suit, immaculately polished shoes, and priceless pocket-watch, that relic which had … Continue reading

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A First Lady on the Front Lines

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tour of the South Pacific – August & September 1943 By Paul M. Sparrow, Director The summer of 1943 was a critical time for the Allies. The tide was just starting to turn as the Allied forces marked … Continue reading

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“I Have Returned!” – General MacArthur and FDR

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director FDR Library On Oct. 20, 1944 Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte Island in the Philippines and fulfilled his promise to return. The charismatic and dashing General was one of the most famous American … Continue reading

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A Labor Day Remembrance

It is one of his finest broadcasts, a passionate sermon on the importance of democracy and the threat that dictatorships pose to all free people. Continue reading

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August 14: A Day of Two Anniversaries

Today’s post comes from Library Director Paul Sparrow. August 14th is a very significant day in the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Two of the most important and lasting achievements of his presidency occurred on this day – ten years … Continue reading

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Day by Day – June

D-Day On June 6, 1944, the United States and its allies launched the greatest amphibious invasion in history on the shores of France. Over 150,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen stormed the beaches of Normandy beginning a campaign that would end … Continue reading

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Staff Perspectives

Mary Jikhars I am one of the most recent additions to the staff of the FDR Library, having started work as the assistant to Director Lynn Bassanese in May, 2011.  After graduating with a B.A. degree in English Lit from … Continue reading

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Staff Perspectives

This is the first post for our new monthly feature on “Staff Perspectives.” Every month we will be introducing you to a member of the staff here at the FDR Library and giving a look into who we are and … Continue reading

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