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February 27, 1939

“WASHINGTON, Sunday—…I have been debating in my mind for some time, a question which I have had to debate with myself once or twice before in my life. Usually I have decided differently from the way in which I am deciding now. The question is, if you belong to an organization and disapprove of an action which is typical of a policy, should you resign or is it better to work for a changed point of view within the organization? In the past, when I was able to work actively in any organization to which I belonged, I have usually stayed in until I had at least made a fight and had been defeated.

Even then, I have, as a rule, accepted my defeat and decided I was wrong or, perhaps, a little too far ahead of the thinking of the majority at that time. I have often found that the thing in which I was interested was done some years later. But, in this case, I belong to an organization in which I can do no active work. They have taken an action which has been widely talked of in the press. To remain as a member implies approval of that action, and therefore I am resigning.”

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February 29, 1936: FDR signed amended neutrality resolution. “This amendement prohibited loans or credits to belligerents, but a ‘Monroe Doctrine’ clause exempted american nations engaged in war with nations outside the western hemisphere.”

Statement by The President regarding Neutrality in the Italy-Ethiopia Conflict.

February 21, 1942

“WASHINGTON, Friday—…Yesterday I had a chance to see Mrs. William Brown Meloney, and she gave me a quotation which ex-President Coolidge often used. It is so useful to every one of us today, that I pass it along to you. Ex-President Coolidge averred that there were four things which made New England great, and he added New York State and Pennsylvania as well. I’m sure he quoted the following from some New England mentor:

Eat it up.

Wear it out.

Make it do.

Do without.

Four little sayings, but if we take them really to heart, what a difference they may make in our daily contribution to the winning of the war.”

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February 19, 1942: The Tuskegee Airmen, the Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron was activated at Tuskegee Institute.

Eleanor Roosevelt at the Tuskegee Institute.
March 29, 1941
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February 14, 1957

“MODESTO, Calif.—I am seeing new areas of the U.S. on this trip that I have not seen before. Pasco where I spoke last Monday night at a state junior college is a growing industrial town. Not far away at Richland is one of the new areas being developed as a big atomic plant in an enormous tract of land which was waste land. It has been taken over and they have built 15 miles of railroad and 250 miles of road in it. Some of the young men working there are taking courses at the college. There is also the first dam being built on the Snake River. This is one of Senator Magnussen’s special interests and we were driven out to see it. There will be more dams to follow and it will develop power and make navigation possible which would mean a great deal in this whole area.

It seemed to me as I looked at the land that a good deal which is now desert must at some time have been grazing land. At present it would be well if they would plant a good deal of the land in trees. There are no trees anywhere. Their rainfall is only about 7 inches and while there will be irrigation from some of the dams being built, I would think the planting of trees in this area was of paramount importance.”

February 9, 1935: FDR addressed the Boy Scout of America 25th Anniversary by radio.



Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
President’s Day Weekend Events Showcase FDR’s Hobbies:

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host an afternoon of President’s Day Weekend events showcasing several of FDR’s many hobbies on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The programs begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home with a movie, The President’s Mystery (1936), based on a plotline developed by President Roosevelt himself. Following the film visitors can view a selection of presidential autographs from the Roosevelt Library archives – many of which are from FDR’s personal collection – on display only once a year. These events are free and open to the general public.

1:00 p.m.

The FDR Presidential Library will show the 1936 movie The President’s Mystery at 1:00 p.m. on February 13. The plotline for The President’s Mystery was suggested by FDR, an avid fan of mystery stories. Six famous authors worked on his idea to produce this story, which was adapted for the screen in 1936. The films tells a story of a successful and influential lawyer who is engaged by his friends to shoot down a bill in the U.S. Senate which results in scores of small businesses having to close down. When he witnesses the results of his actions in a small frontier town, he decides to sell his stocks, divorce his unfaithful wife, change his identity and use his money to help his newfound love. Things go wrong, however, when he is accused of his wife’s murder and his disguise is blown. Seating is first-come, first-served.

2:30 p.m.
Following the film, visitors can view original documents from the Roosevelt Library archives bearing the signatures of many of our nation’s Presidents including: John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. Twenty-eight signatures will be on display — most of which were
collected by FDR himself. These rare documents are on display only once a year. There will be a video presentation and family-friendly activities relating to presidential history.
Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email with questions about these events.

February 4 – 11, 1945: FDR meets with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference to discuss post-war ideas and the United Nations.

Roosevelt is pictured in a jeep at Saki Airfield on his way to Yalta for the conference with Churchill and Stalin. FDR is speaking to Special Assistant Harry L. Hopkins. L-R: U.S. Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyachslav Molotov, Harry L. Hopkins, FDR.
February 3, 1945
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Roosevelt is pictured with Stalin during his first call on the President upon his arrival at Livadia Palace in Yalta. L-R: Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt
February 4, 1945
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Roosevelt is pictured with Churchill and Stalin at the Livadia Palace during the Yalta Conference. L-R: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin.
February 9, 1945
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February 1, 1945

“WASHINGTON, Wednesday—I was very much impressed last night, as I went from birthday ball to birthday ball, by the number of men in uniform who were taking part in these celebrations. Of course, it is obvious that men who are free to do anything of this kind and who are in Washington are the men who are busy all day in various offices.

Still, I think it also shows that the appeal of a home front battle is strong for the man who has to fight our battles overseas. Perhaps if you are fighting for your country in faraway places, when you come home you are more conscious that you want your country to be the best possible place to live in, both for yourself and your children. This, I hope, augurs more responsible citizenship from our returned service men.

This morning I went out to Walter Reed hospital to one of the forums which are going on there from day to day. We were a panel of women—Miss Freda Miller, head of the Women’s Bureau in the Department of Labor; Miss Mary Switzer, executive assistant to Paul V. McNutt in the War Manpower Commission; and Miss Malvina Lindsay, columnist of the Washington Post. I was to act as discussion leader and moderator, though since we were not debating with each other there was very little to moderate. The subject was “Women in the Postwar World.” You can well imagine that we covered a great deal of territory, since women enter into every phase of modern life!”

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