terzian, for that wonderful lecture. um, i'm a huge fan of "the weekly standard" and have been for many year. one of the things i most appreciate about it is that the articles there frequently portray franklin d. roosevelt in an appreciative and admiring light. it's one of the few conservative periodicals that does this. i recently defended finishing dr to a -- fdr to a professor, and my question to you is if by some miracle roosevelt had lived to finish his fourth term, what do you think his take on stalin would have been? what would their relationship have been like? >> well, let me just make a comment on your earlier. the weekly standard likes fdr. and we like the sort of roosevelt/truman/kennedy approach to foreign policy in the democratic party. when i took my present job, um, i was putting my various things in my office. and one of them, they have a few over here in the library, i have a clock which has -- it's franklin roosevelt, it's this little statue of fdr, and he's standing sort of holding the clock as if it'
. >> next on booktv, philip terzian discusses his book "architects of power: roosevelt, eisenhower, and the american century." this is about 50 minutes.and gor >> thank you. and good morning, and i am be honored and delighted to be here. at the roosevelt reading festival. n't ge i don't live around here so i don't to visit the roosevelt d library very often. but everyme time i do, and every time i visit, i'm always reminded of henry morgan thaw who was fdr's neighbor here in duchess county and probably knew him as much as anyone and said that roosevelt had a thickly-forested interior which meant that roosevelt was a very rather enigmatic, um, distant, almost secretive man in many ways. but i've always felt that when you visit the house, especially, and walk around and look at it, you get as close as you'll ever get to appreciating franklin roosevelt as a human being and where he came from and what he was and how he became what he did become. and i'm delighted to be here, too, at the roosevelt library which is the first of the great president -- we often forget that franklin roosevelt in
circuiting terzian of their conversation, let me go back to your dsl, your previous life and ask you what role as an aid to you think racism played in british attitudes one way or the other? did people talk about it during the civil war, whether their attitude toward slavery overlaid with racist assumptions about black people or how we're back people portrayed in the british press? did race come in at the fact, racial attitudes in the debates over the american civil war? >> guest: they began to be raised in a significant way by henry hot in the mid-1863 and there was the ethnological society split in half over the question of race and what it meant. a month died due to more of an american cast of what race meant. and the other side didn't. and so, britain was waking up to the racial debate. before then we had very interesting accounts by men like frank gehry douglas who in his autobiography noted when he went to london and was aghast at the the duchess of sutherland, but after races you know in england, americans who would refuse to shake his hand and americana would ask him for an i
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