Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Adriance Memorial Library
Free and open to the public.
The summer of 1949 witnessed a well-publicized clash between Cardinal Francis Spellman of the Archdiocese of New York and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt over the revised Federal Aid for Education Bill. The new iteration of the bill excluded the possibility of federal assistance to non-public schools and placed funds for schools in the hands of the states. Spellman claimed the bill was anti-Catholic. Without expressing her outright support for the bill, Roosevelt, indicated that tax dollars should only be used for public schools. What ensued was a contentious debate between the
Cardinal and Roosevelt. The public debate galvanized thousands of citizens to write impassioned letters to Roosevelt. This program looks at both the debate and the letters. Guest presenter is Dr. Sally Dwyer-McNulty of Marist College. American Creed:
Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.