Four Freedoms Park Conservancy will commemorate the 69th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s death with a wreath laying ceremony Saturday afternoon, April 12, at the park, located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Following the ceremony will be a book signing and talk by featured guest, Prof. Harvey Kaye of UW-Green Bay. The event marks the formal launch of his new book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. (The Simon & Schuster hardcover goes on sale Tuesday, April 8.) Kaye’s book argues that the Greatest Generation was also America’s most progressive, particularly in the pursuit of economic equity. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech in 1941, Kaye says, helped mobilize America to win the war and promote post-war societies built on freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from want and fear. Learn more about the Roosevelt park and the April 12 events.
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Book preview — The liberal advocacy website AlterNet links to a few pages of Prof. Harvey Kaye’s new book on FDR, the Four Freedoms, and what Kaye sees as a need for present-day Americans to honor their parents’ and grandparents’ generation by pursuing progressive policies. See more.