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.