UVM historian looks back at FDR's New Deal

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BRATTLEBORO — University of Vermont History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler will consider the legacy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Depression-era New Deal policies in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. His talk, "Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself: FDR and the New Deal," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

From 1929 to 1939, the United States experienced the longest and worst economic depression in its history and the first in which the federal government acted decisively to reverse it. Stoler will discuss how Roosevelt's New Deal changed the government's role in the economy and affected the lives of Americans in ways that are still with us today.

Stoler is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and co-editor of The Marshall Papers. He is a distinguished military and diplomatic historian and author of numerous books, including the biography of Marshall, "George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century."

In addition to teaching at UVM, Stoler has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Haifa in Israel, the U.S. Military History Institute, Williams College, and Washington & Lee University. He is former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and a former trustee of the Society for Military History.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2017-2018 series are the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, The National Life Group Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences through the Vermont Department of Libraries. The First Wednesdays 2017-2018 series in Brattleboro is underwritten by Union Institute & University.

Brooks Memorial Library is underwritten by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Dead River Company, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, The Richards Group, and Windham World Affairs Council. For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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