Fall 2015

FDR, LBJ and the Battle for Economic Security

Niles Schore, Instructor
Niles’ email:  nilesmsc@gmail.com

Course Materials:

Course Syllabus

Full text of the U. S. Constitution

How An Idea Becomes the Law

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Compare Versions of the Declaration of Independence

Citations, Reports, On-Line Legal


Week 1 – September 15, 2015

Please read:


How An Idea Becomes the Law

Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms

Olive Branch Petition

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Compare Versions of the Declaration of Independence

Supplemental Material:

Danielle Allen, Our Declaration (Liveright Publishing, 2014)



Class Notes

Week 2 — September 22, 2015

2.  Please visit these two websites:  http://www.maine.gov/portal/index.html       AND      http://www.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.VfsbSLCFPIU
Try to find those anti-poverty programs that each state provides. As a hint, in Maine look under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and in Pennsylvania look under the Department of Human Services (DHS). As you look around, please consider what you are seeing from three different points of view: a family seeking help; a policymaker trying to monitor the performance of the anti-poverty programs available; and a member of the public trying to understand what it all means.

Week 3 — September 29, 2015

1. Oral Histories

     Louise Hudson has provided two oral histories for us. They are a wonderful addition to our course material. I invite everyone to submit any memories, pictures, memorabilia, music or anything else you would like to share with the rest of us. I hope to put some of my father-in-law’s memoir online next week. He was the youngest of 7 children, born in 1902 and raised in Bowdoinham. Please think about sharing memories. As you can see from Louise’s work, they really add a lot to our understanding of the times we are studying.
2. Supplemental material
    a. The Report of the Committee On Economic Security, Chaired by Secretary Of Labor Frances Perkins, 1935.
    b. General background on the New Deal

Week 4 — October 6, 2015


Week 5 — October 13, 2015

Class Notes – Week 5

1. Discussion Notes for Week 5


Week 6 — October 20, 2015

Week 7 — October 27, 2015

Class Notes – Week 7


Week 8 — November 3, 2015

1.  Please review these articles for our last class:

NYT article on welfare policy

NYT article on air bnb

PPH article on air bnb

NYT article on sharing economy

PPH article on Uber

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