Fall Membership Meeting: FDR: Georgia on His Mind
By 1930, when Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell wrote their famous song “Georgia on My Mind,” the state of Georgia was very much on the mind and in the heart of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1924 the ravages of polio had brought Roosevelt, scion of New York aristocracy, to the rural backwaters of our state for healing of body and spirit. At Warm Springs, he re-discovered his natural exuberance by immersing himself, not only in the healing waters of the therapeutic pools, but also in the lives of ordinary Georgians.
On Thursday, November 16, Jamil Zainaldin will discuss FDR’s love affair with Georgia and describe how his association with Warm Springs shaped his life and presidency. Dr. Zainaldin will also examine FDR’s friendships with prominent philanthropists, such as George Foster Peabody, owner of Warm Springs and native of Georgia, whose success in business funded major contributions to education in the South. The lecture will ask the question: “Could Roosevelt have led America through the Depression and World War II without the restorative refuge he found in Georgia?”
Since 1997 Dr. Zainaldin has served as President of Georgia Humanities, spearheading and supporting projects that promote and share the humanities, especially history, with Georgians of all ages. With a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, he has taught at Case Western Reserve, Northwestern University and Emory University, specializing in U.S. history and law. A frequent speaker and writer, Dr. Zainaldin has authored or co-authored two books on the history of American law. He is currently a columnist for SaportaReport.com, an online commentary on Atlanta and the metro region.
The membership meeting will be held at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. Holiday refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., so come early and enjoy! Society members attend free of charge and the cost for non-members is $10. Registration is required.