U.S. History

"Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time"

Ira Katznelson

About the Program

Ira Katznelson, political science and history professor at Columbia University, presents a history of the New Deal.  The author, who researched over twenty-one years of Congressional legislation, posits that in order to pass the historic legislation, the Roosevelt administration had to broker a deal with Southern politicians that wished to maintain racial segregation.   Mr. Katznelson reports that the influence of Southern politicians in the succeeding years limited policies, what he deems a 'southern cage,' and did not cease until the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Ira Katznelson speaks at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  

About the Authors

Ira Katznelson

Ira Katznelson is the author of several books, including When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America.  He is a political science and history professor at Columbia University.


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"Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time"

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  • Sunday, May 5th at 7:45 (ET)
  • Monday, April 15th at 2 (ET)
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