Q&A Award-winning Wisconsin author, Harvey J. Kaye, presents his latest book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great for a talk and signing in Gestern Hall at Turner Hall, located 1034 N. 4th Street in Milwaukee. Delving into history for inspiration for the present, Kaye will not only regale you with tales of one of America’s most beloved presidents, but motivate you toward a freer and more democratic America.
In The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, Harvey J. Kaye challenges us to remember what conservatives have never wanted to acknowledge and liberals have all too often forgotten: that the Greatest Generation was also America’s most progressive one. Franklin Roosevelt, their iconic and beloved president, endowed Americans with the promise of the “Four Freedoms:” freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In their spirit, the United States confronted the Great Depression and pursued the labors and struggles of the New Deal. Those Four Freedoms became the aims that mobilized Americans to defeat the Axis Powers and strengthen America’s prosperity after the Second World War.
Now, after more than thirty years of subordinating the public good to corporate priorities and private greed, of subjecting American citizens to ever widening inequality, to intensifying insecurities and curbed democratic impulses, Kaye calls upon readers to remember how a president and a generation overcame these same threats, even as they won a world war. He insists that we must not only remember: we must act to make America, as FDR put it: “fairly radical for a generation.” In The Fight for the Four Freedoms, Kaye calls upon the children and grandchildren of the Greatest Generation, the inheritors and guardians of those dearly earned freedoms, to take up the fight for freedom again.
“Harvey Kaye is the Indiana Jones of American historians. He claws his way into the past and returns with lost treasures. The Fight for the Four Freedoms is great history, as we've come to expect from Kaye. It tells a story that cannot be forgotten, of a visionary president and the generation he inspired to renew America and save the world. But it is, as well, a roadmap that can get this country off its long detour and back on the path FDR charted toward that freer, more equal and democratic America.” —John Nichols, The Nation
Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, an award-winning author of numerous books, including Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and a repeat guest on radio and television programs such as To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Thom Hartmann Show, and Bill Moyers' Journal.