Matthew Dallek – Defenseless Under the Night


Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origin of Homeland Security

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Evening)

TIME: 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Event



Matthew Dallek, a superb historian now on the faculty of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, has written a remarkable account of the test of wills and bureaucratic battle
between a strong-willed First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and an equally strong-willed New York City Major,
Fiorello LaGuardia.  Their epic battle planted the seeds of the debate over homeland security, sparked anew in the USA post 9-11 in the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.

After Pearl Harbor, FDR turned to his wife and the Mayor to lead the effort to keep Americans safe from air raids, chemical and  biological attacks, spies, and even land invasion, when we felt suddenly vulnerable and anxious about
terrorism. ER fought for a
wartime version of the New Deal through social advancement and citizen empowerment, while LaGuardia sought to militarize civilians.  It was a struggle over the future of liberalism at home. Within a year, a frustrated President Roosevelt asked them both to
resign. Skilled in portraits depicted in vivid and bold prose, Dallek is also the author of a book about the first political campaign of Ronald Reagan.

The book will be available for purchase and signing.

PRICE: $20 Members/$25 Non-Members. Cash Bar.



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