BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Public Library’s Community Issues Forum will continue 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 5 Parker Point Road, with the topic “Public Works and Crisis Management: FDR and the Legacy of the New Deal.” As a reference for the challenges we face in 2019, the New Deal proved powerful in defining presidential leadership and government action creating a host of new agencies, a broadened regulatory climate and responsibility for social welfare, labor rights and conservation measures. Two speakers will use news reels, popular film clips, press coverage and political rhetoric to examine the contours of modern liberalism, the ideological divisions of the 1930s, and the contentious historical legacy of the New Deal for our own era.
Presenters will be Dr. Nathan Godfried, the Adelaide & Alan Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine at Orono, and Dr. Gregory Bush, a Blue Hill resident and retired history Professor from the University of Miami. David Weiss, executive director of Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, will moderate the discussion. This event is sponsored by the library, and is free and open to everyone. For more information contact the library at 207-374-5515.