Guest Speaker Analyzes FDR's Economic Legacy
Author and historian Burt Folsom visits Alma College to discuss his book, New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America.
Folsom’s talk takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 in the Dow Science Center Room L-1. Admission is free and open to the public.
A professor of history at Hillsdale College, Folsom also is a columnist and historian-in-residence at the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, N.Y. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, Policy Review and Human Events. His most recent thoughts are accessible at his blog, www.burtfolsom.com, which Folsom says is “where history, money and politics collide.”
“Franklyn D. Roosevelt is typically held in high regard,” says Feler Bose, an assistant professor of economics at Alma College who helped arrange Folsom’s visit to Alma. “People credit him for getting the U.S. out of the Great Depression, but Folsom’s argument is that FDR actually extended the Great Depression through wasteful spending and anti-business policies.”
Students, faculty and community members interested in political science, history and economics are invited to attend the talk, says Bose.
“It will be interesting to think about his speech in comparison with what’s happening today,” says Bose. “Given the state of the economy and the unemployment rate, this is a relevant discussion.”
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 G. Koch Foundation.
Posted: Sun, November 7th, 2010 at 8:24AM