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Crises 100 Years Apart -- Comparing the Challenges of 1933 and 2020s

This class describes President Franklin Roosevelt's approaches to the crises of 1933 and compares them to the crises of 2021 and the way President-elect Biden is intentionally imitating President Roosevelt.
Edward Simmons
633 total reviews for this teacher
25 reviews for this class
Completed by 69 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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per learner

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A handout will be provided that explains terms and events discussed in the class. A slide program with the informational content of the course will be given to students at the completion of the class and they will be encouraged to use the weblinks in the slides to continue a learning adventure on the topic.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Information on FDR will be drawn from the following websites and links to items on these sites will be in the slide program used in the class: (1) Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Research Resources (, (2) FDR: Day by Day (, especially the timeline feature, (3) Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: Great Depression Facts (, (4) The White House Historical Asociation: The Fireside Chats (, and (5) The White House Historical Association: Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Time Magazine article in October 2020 discussed "How Joe Biden Is Positioning Himself As A Modern FDR" ( In the Time article on Biden and Harris as Person of the Year, Time mentioned that Biden was reading about FDR and his 100 days in shaping his administration ( The first 100 days of the Biden administration has become a topic being followed by media such as NPR ( and will be followed as those days unfold, giving ongoing updated information for this course.


Edward Simmons
Lives in the United States
The Teaching Grandpa
633 total reviews
810 completed classes

About Me

I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching world history, especially in connection with science, archaeology, Bible studies, and philosophy. Being drafted (Vietnam period) just as I started my college teaching career... 
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