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Visiting Author Assesses FDR’s War Legacy

October 10, 2013

“Was Roosevelt really the great leader of World War II? Did he know beforehand that the Japanese planned to attack Pearl Harbor?” — Feler Bose, assistant professor of economics who helped organize Burt Folsom’s visit to Alma.

Author and historian Burton Folsom visits Alma College to discuss his latest book, FDR Goes to War (2011), and answer some pointed questions about the legacy of President Franklyn D. Roosevelt.

“Was Roosevelt really the great leader of World War II?” asks Feler Bose, an assistant professor of economics at Alma College who helped organize Folsom’s visit to Alma. “Did he know beforehand that the Japanese planned to attack Pearl Harbor? What effect does the legacy of World War II have on Americans today? Burton and Anita Folsom will cover the answers to these questions.”

Folsom speaks at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Dow Science Center Room L-1 at Alma College. Admission is free and open to the public.

A professor of history at Hillsdale College, Folsom also is a senior historian at the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, N.Y. He is a regular columnist for The Freeman and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal and American Spectator, among other publications.

Folsom’s current book is a sequel to New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, published in 2008.

In addition to teaching history at Hillsdale, Folsom has taught at the University of Nebraska, the University of Pittsburgh, Murray State University and Northwood University. He earned his doctorate in history from the University of Pittsburgh.

Folsom’s visit is sponsored by the Alma College Economics Department and the Charles Koch Foundation.

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