Auteursarchief: Sara Polak

April 12th & My Week

It is precisely 68 years ago today that Franklin Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage around lunchtime in Warm Springs, Georgia. He had gone to his “Little White House” (which was part of the polio rehabilitation center he had founded … Lees verder

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Tuesday: Media Day

On the occasion of my birthday, half a year ago, a friend found this picture for me. It is the program of the 1936 Birthday Ball for the President To Fight Infantile Paralysis. I find it very intriguing and am … Lees verder

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Thursday – FDR Trivia: The First 100 Days (in celebration of my first 100 tweets)

Remember the First Hundred Days of Barack Obama? Remember the 100-day tour of Dutch society that the fourth Balkenende coalition made at its inception? Franklin Roosevelt is the originator of that cultural and political tradition to mark off the First … Lees verder

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Wednesday – Memory day

Now that this blog has existed for ten days, I think I should finally introduce the motto in the top right corner. It is an adaptation of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote in Time: Take a look at our present … Lees verder

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Tuesday – New Media Day

Yesterday (Monday) was the day I wrote the piece I had been putting off actually writing all of last week. But after I had laid that Easter egg, I had no energy left to write about Autofabrication. Although I did … Lees verder

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Saturday – News and Events

On Monday April 22nd, 13:15 I will be presenting part of my dissertation at the Huizinga PhD symposium. Actually, I won’t present a particular part (as in a specific chapter), but rather one of the dissertation’s key underlying thoughts. Essentially … Lees verder

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Friday – My Week

First of all I should explain that Friday’s topic title is a reference to Eleanor Roosevelt’s newspaper column My Day. She wrote this column six days a week from 1935 to 1962. So while I’m aware I’m being stupidly overambitious … Lees verder

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Thursday: FDR Trivia – The Bat Bomb Project

A problem of this blog is that it looks as if I am only really interested in Franklin Roosevelt, and particularly FDR anecdotes, when actually in my research FDR is a case study to better understand my primary interest: how … Lees verder

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Wednesday – Memory day: “The First Time I Saw My Father Cry”

In the wake of “De Wereld Leert Door”,  I have received various emails along these lines: Dear Sara, I was born in 1944. My father was in the army so he couldn’t be there, but he named me Franklin, after … Lees verder

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Tuesday – Media Day: Was FDR really the first spin doctor?

I categorically forbid my students to argue that someone was the first to do something. At least I discourage them, preferably by coming up with a counterexample showing that someone else did the same or something similar before. Now, in … Lees verder

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