Speaker Series at Sotterley
Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing our last presentation of the 2015 Speaker Series entitled:
“Roosevelt’s Second Act:
The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War”
Sunday, November 8, 2015
3:00 p.m. in the Barn
In Roosevelt's Second Act, Winner of the 2013 PROSE Award for U.S. History, Richard Moe focuses on a turning point in American political history: FDR's decision to seek a third term. On August 31, 1939, nearing the end of his second and presumably final term in office, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was working in the Oval Office and contemplating construction of his presidential library and planning retirement. The following day German tanks had crossed the Polish border; Britain and France declared war. Overnight the world had changed, and FDR was forced to consider a dramatically different set of circumstances. Often overlooked between the passage and implementation of the New Deal and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that decision was far from inevitable.
Richard Moe is known for his distinguished career in government, law, and historic preservation. He served as Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States during Walter Mondale's term, was a partner at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, and served as President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for over sixteen years. His books include The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers and Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl. He was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum, as well as the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Historical Association.
This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.
Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.