[Abridged] Presidential Histories

32.F.) FDR & American Grand Strategy, an interview with Elizabeth Borgwardt and Christopher Nichols

June 05, 2023 Kenny Ryan
[Abridged] Presidential Histories
32.F.) FDR & American Grand Strategy, an interview with Elizabeth Borgwardt and Christopher Nichols
Show Notes

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
"The first is freedom of speech and expression ...
"The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way ...
"The third is freedom from want ...
"The fourth is freedom from fear." - Franklin Roosevelt, Jan. 6, 1941, State of the Union Address

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When FDR entered office, he had one overriding concern - to get the United States of America out of the Great Depression. But as the years advanced, as the economy improved, and as war spread across Asia and Europe, Roosevelt began to turn his focus to the international situation and the world he hoped to forge.  Christopher Nichols,  the Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies and a Professor of History at Ohio State University, and Liz Borgwardt, a historian, lawyer, and author, discuss their new book, Rethinking American Grand Strategy, and the stamp FDR put on it.

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