The Roosevelts’ New York

Instructors: Prof. Ted Widmer
Thursdays, 10 AM-12:40 PM
Macaulay Honors College, Online
Course Code: MHC 382

This class will study the progressive legacy of three prominent New Yorkers, all members of the same family: Theodore Roosevelt, his niece Eleanor, and her husband Franklin. In their very different ways, they changed their city and country profoundly. But the class will go beyond traditional biography to study the ways in which New York acted as a classroom to them. Despite their considerable privilege, each learned from the city’s problems as they forged a new politics of greater inclusivity and social justice. Finally, we will assess their legacy at a time of renewed interest in the New Deal and a possible Green New Deal.